Signage students earmarked as industry leaders at Australian Sign and Graphic Awards

TAFE NSW Illawarra students win Australian Sign and Graphics Awards

Picture: Rhys Goodridge and Kyle Topalovic with their Bronze Awards in Traditional Signcraft. Stephanie Pozzar received an Up and Coming Signwriter Award but was unable to attend the event.

Three TAFE NSW Illawarra students have proven they are signwriters set for success after bringing home Bronze Awards at the recent 2016 Australian Sign and Graphics Awards.

Stephanie Pozzar, Rhys Goodridge and Kyle Topalovic were named award winners in front of 300 industry guests – a mix of suppliers, signmakers and educators from across Australia – at a Gala Dinner at Waterview Convention Centre in Sydney’s Bicentennial Park.

All three winners studied a Certificate III in Signage at TAFE NSW Wollongong.

One of the new categories this year was for Up and Coming Signmakers, in which Stephanie Pozzar won a Bronze Award for her layout and design marketing proposal for the El Gringos Mexican restaurant.

Rhys Goodridge, an apprentice at John Hills Signs in Nowra, received a Bronze Award in the Traditional Signcraft category for his gold leaf design on a glass panel, while Kyle Topalovic’s gold leaf on glass and honour board also earned him a Bronze Award in this category.

“The future of the signs and graphics industry is in good hands with the talent coming from these Training Centres,” says Michael Punch, General Manager of the Australian Sign and Graphics Association.

TAFE NSW Illawarra’s Signage Teacher Michael Doherty says: “All of these students show such a high level of skill in the trade. These awards recognise their technical abilities in all elements of signwriting, across design, application and installation. They are big assets to their employers and the local signage industry.”

Belinda Mackinnon, TAFE NSW Illawarra’s Relieving Institute Director, says: “Congratulations to Stephanie, Rhys and Kyle. These awards are a reflection of your hard work, skill and commitment to training. Being recognised by your industry is a huge achievement in your careers.

“I would also like to congratulate Teacher Michael Doherty and Head Teacher Ian Squire, who are passionate about providing their students with the most up-to-date, industry-relevant training. They are dedicated to helping young professionals build successful careers – and to developing their industry.”

Thirty-six companies won awards across eighteen categories and there were 514 entries overall.

About the Australian Sign and Graphics Association

The Australian Sign and Graphics Association is the peak body representing Signmakers, Sign Installers, Signwriters, Graphic Designers, Sign Educators and Apprentices who use sign making equipment such as digital printing machines, engraving, laser and routing equipment, LEDs and neon products. The primary aims are to build a professional industry through providing a useful resource identity and providing ongoing education and training. ASGA members are represented in every state of Australia and beyond.