Sydney’s Petra Hancock was yesterday crowned 2020 VERTO Employee of the Year.

Ms Hancock upstaged more than 200 staff from 45 VERTO sites across NSW, the ACT and Victoria to claim the award, recognition for the hard work she has demonstrated in the apprenticeship services space over the past 12 months.

VERTO Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, described Ms Hancock as an outstanding member of the Seven Hills and VERTO team, who is results-focused with outstanding leadership skills.

“During these difficult COVID-19 times, Petra has been a shining light for VERTO,” Mr Maxwell said.

“Petra strives each day to help VERTO be the best apprenticeship services provider in Australia, and this mindset drives an incredibly strong work ethic that inspires her colleagues and peers.

“Petra demonstrates VERTO’s Guiding Principles on a daily basis and she thoroughly deserves to be recognised as VERTO’s most outstanding employee for 2020.”

Petra was one of 12 winners recognised during the virtual presentation, including:

  • Excellence in Cross Service Support – Pamela Hunter (Bathurst);
  • Excellence in Innovation – IT Team;
  • Excellence in Leadership – Jacinta Ryan (Wagga Wagga);
  • Excellence in Indigenous Outcomes – Mudgee/Kandos/Gulgong jobactive Team;
  • Excellence in Team Performance – Skills Checkpoint Team;
  • Service Star (Apprenticeship Services) – Terry Clark (Newcastle);
  • Service Star (Community Services) – Mary Croaker (Orange);
  • Service Star (Corporate Services) – Kelly Reilly (Newcastle);
  • Service Star (Employment Services) – Jessica Bennett (Lithgow);
  • Service Star (Training Services) – Rebecca Green (Newcastle);
  • Graham Draffin Scholarship – Diana Mudford (Newcastle);
  • Employee of the Year – Petra Hancock (Sydney).

There were also two staff recognised for outstanding dedication to VERTO with length of service trophies - Eugenie Wilde (10 years) and Sue Brown (20 years).