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TAFE Major Award Winners Announced

Central Regional TAFE’s 2017 Major Award winners were recently announced at their annual Graduation and Awards evenings held at the Kalgoorlie and Northam campuses. Read more below.

 

Goldfields Graduation and Awards Evening

Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie Campus 2017 Major Award winners were announced at their annual Graduation and Awards evening on Wednesday, 14 March 2018.

The award recipients were:

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Trainee of the Year - Tipene Kaa                Aboriginal Student of the Year – Choco Long     

   

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Vocational Student of the Year – Joy Jenner              Apprentice of the Year – Christopher Burrows

 

Each major award winner received a prize of $1,000.

The evening included guest speaker Professor Sam Spearing, Director of Curtain University Western Australian School of Mines and celebrated the achievements of Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie campus 2017 graduates.

This year there were 350 eligible graduates from the Kalgoorlie campus, who completed their studies in 2017 ranging from Certificate I to Diploma level.

Central Regional TAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said the Graduation and Awards evening was a highlight on the college’s annual events calendar.

"It was fantastic to see family and friends come together and really rally behind our students who have made a great effort to finish their training" he said.

"We thank our sponsors and industry partners for not only their support for the awards but also for their ongoing commitment to the future success of vocational education and training in our region" he said.

Vocational Student of the Year award recipient Joy Jenner said it was an honour to be recognised.

"I wasn’t expecting it at all" she said.

Ms Jenner completed her second qualification in 2017 and encourages everyone to give training a go.

"Anybody can study! You are never too old to study, give it a go and see where it takes you" she said.

Tipene Kaa who won the Trainee of the Year award said the award meant a lot to him and had reinforced his commitment to completing his training.

"I definitely recommend TAFE training to other people, it has certainly provided me with several new opportunities".

When asked what he is planning to do with his prize, Mr Kaa (who has a young family) laughed and said:

"Everything goes to my wife and kids".

Christopher Burrows who took out the Apprentice of the Year award, felt surprised he won on the night and said he would most likely use his prize to pay for his trade tools.

"TAFE has been great!" he said.

"I’ve had really good lecturers who make sure we learn from the get go" he said.

"I would strongly encourage anyone to apply for local apprenticeships. I really enjoy the program and especially to be paid while I’m learning everyday" he said.

Major award winners will have the opportunity to apply for the 2018 WA State Training Awards. Central Regional TAFE had three state award finalists last year with two students taking out the Vocational Student of the Year and School Based Apprentice of the Year award categories.

A special highlight on the evening was the attendance of approximately 35 students, staff, family and local Elders from the Wiluna Remote Community School. The school had several Certificate I and II graduates and one student, Choco Long, won the Aboriginal Student of the Year award.

All graduates and award nominees were able to enjoy delicious refreshments on the night whilst networking with guests from local industry and the community. 

 

Read more about our 2017 Major Award recipients below:

Photos courtesy of Abby Murray Photography

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Tipene Kaa 

Tipene has shown great dedication to education and training by completing a numb of qualifications in the past. After overcoming several personal challenges he decided on a career change which would enable him to leave the shift work lifestyle and better support his young family of three children. In 2017, he completed a Certificate II in Light Automotive and is now on his way to completing an apprenticeship. His lecturers said he performed very well in all aspects of his training, completing tasks and assessments to a high standard.

Skill Hire Aboriginal Student of year
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Choco Long 

VETiS student Choco, is a high achiever who has immersed himself in his training and not missed a day of school since commencing his course at TAFE. In 2017, he completed at Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management and is completing a Certificate II this year. His lecturers commend his ability to understand information given and enthusiasm to put his knowledge into practice. They say he is a fast learner who will often lead the class when completing projects, and is always happy to assist others. He has clear goals for the future and wants to continue his training in order to give back to his local community in Wiluna. 

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 Christopher Burrows

Christopher completed a certificate III in Engineering in 2017 and has studied with CRTAFE for three years. His lecturer said his trade skills are second to none. That he is a team player and often helps other apprentices in class or in the workshop. Both his lecturer and employer commend him for his initiative, his can-do attitude and the high standard of his work.

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 Joy Jenner

Joy has continually shown commitment and dedication to her training. She completed at Certificate III in Education Support in 2017, having previously completed a Certificate III in Community Services and completing her Certificate IV in Education Support this year. Her lecturer commends her ability to do her best at all times, taking pride in her work and the high standard of her assessments. She has shown great initiative in class and on work placement. We also congratulate her on (as result of her training) obtaining employment with Department of Education which was big goal of hers.

Northam Graduation and Awards Evening

Central Regional TAFE’s Northam Campus 2017 Major Award winners and Scholarship recipients were announced at their annual Graduation and Awards evening on Friday, 16 March 2018.

The award recipients were:

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Apprentice of the Year - David Natkanski                                                  Trainee of the Year - Catherine Rostron            Aboriginal Student of the Year - Annette Quartermiane 

 

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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student of the Year -              Vocational Student of the Year - Brendan Harris         

Firoza Akhter                                      

 

This year there were also two additional awards/scholarships:

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James Dawson Memorial Award - Bonnie Glossop                                                  Sue Abé Study Scholarship - Zoe Harrington                 

 

The Hon. Sue Ellery MLC Minister for Education and Training attended the event and presented the graduate awards.

The evening celebrated the achievements of Central Regional TAFE’s Northam campus 2017 graduates. There were 175 eligible graduates from the Northam campus, who completed their studies in 2017 ranging from Certificate I to Diploma level.

Central Regional TAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said the Graduation and Awards evening was a highlight on the college’s annual events calendar.

“It was fantastic to see family and friends come together and really rally behind our students who have made a great effort to finish their training” he said. 

“We thank our sponsors and industry partners for not only their support for the awards but also for their ongoing commitment to the future success of vocational education and training in our region” he said. 

Trainee of the Year award recipient Catherine Rostron said it was an honour to be recognised.

“I’m really happy to win this award, it means a lot to me” she said.

Ms Rostron she initially felt overwhelmed when she commenced her studies, having not enrolled in any training for a long time, and having a family to look after whilst also working full time.  

“I’m grateful to my lecturers who really helped me ease my way back in to study and were always available to provide help and support” she said.

David Natkanski who won the Apprentice of the Year award said he feels honoured to win the award and has really enjoyed his time at TAFE.

“I would definitely recommend everyone go ahead and enrol in TAFE” he said.

“It has really provided so many opportunities, once qualified it only took one week for me to find employment” he said.

Annette Quartermiane who took out the Aboriginal Student of the Year award, said she has overcome some personal difficulties whilst completing her qualification but was determined to finish.

“I wanted to show my nine children, family, and friends that when you put your mind to something you can get it done” she said.

Major award winners will have the opportunity to apply for the 2018 WA State Training Awards. Central Regional TAFE had three state award finalists last year with two students taking out the Vocational Student of the Year and School Based Apprentice of the Year award categories.

All graduates and award nominees were able to enjoy delicious refreshments on the night whilst networking with guests from local industry and the community.

 

Read more about our 2017 Major Award recipients below:

Photos courtesy of Angie Roe Photography

Valley Ford Northam Hyundai Apprentice of the Year

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David Natkanski

David was a committed student who produced great quality work. He showed great initiative and was gregarious. If he did not understand something he would research this information and come up with a strong understanding of that area. He has been proactive in his studies and in seeking work which has paid dividends.

Shire of Northam Trainee of the Year

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   Catherine Rostron

Catherine has shown great dedication and self-motivation. She started her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and her first work placement led to her employment at Little Rain Makers in Quairading. Lecturers have said her passion and professionalism has been an asset to the service. After she successfully completed her Certificate III she began her Diploma and was offered a Manager’s position. She has had to co-ordinate a child care service, complete studies all whilst being a mother to a newborn baby and young child. She took this challenge in her stride and her determination and hard work led to an early completion of her qualification. She has an active involvement in the community and has big plans for the future.

Shire of Northam Aboriginal Student of the Year

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   Annette Quartermaine

Annette reason for studying is to be a good role model for her nine children and to improve her employment opportunities. She would like to support her family independently moving forward into the future. Throughout her two years at TAFE she has demonstrated great motivation in gaining her qualification. She has overcome many barriers to reach her goals and has demonstrated drive and determination, becoming successful in her completing her qualification and acquiring work. She has received glowing reports from her supervisors and has been offered paid relief work.

Linley Valley Pork Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student of the Year Student of the Year

Firoza Akhter  

Firoza is a wife, mother and a very keen student who has shown dedication in her studies and a willingness to work hard to achieve her qualification. She completed her work placement at Merredin and Districts Childcare and Playschool Service where the staff were so impressed with her work ethic that she was offered employment as an educator. She is a valued member of the team and shares her traditional cultural practices with staff, families and children in the service.

The Nationals WA Vocational Student of the Year

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   Brendan Harris

From the beginning of his studies Brendan has been like a sponge soaking up as much information as he could, exploring topics more thoroughly by undertaking his own research and reading additional texts. He has delighted in learning from others including lecturers, and fellow students when attending workshops and participating in online discussion boards. He is very good at sharing his knowledge and encouraging others to explore additional learning opportunities. He has used his learning journey to reach out to government, universities and Alzheimer’s WA to encourage them to further support educational opportunities for dementia carers. The quality of care and support he has provided to his 100-year-old family member and other people with a disability is exemplary. His studies have empowered him to become an advocate for people living with dementia and becoming a part of the Dementia Friendly Community project currently piloted in York enabling him to continue his journey

Avivo James Dawson Memorial Award

 

   Bonnie Glossop

Bonnie has actively embraced the adult learning environment and has been an active participant in the classroom. She has been very open about sharing her journey to becoming an enrolled nurse and the significant hurdles she has had to overcome in order to achieve her goals. She was diagnosed with Epilepsy as a child and this has posed many potential obstacles. Time off school and absences due to doctors’ appointments or due to feeling unwell are just one of the hurdles she’s had to face. She has chosen to turn a negative experience into an opportunity for making a real difference in the lives of others and upon the successful completion of her Certificate IV has commenced her Diploma of Nursing. She exemplifies a never give up attitude and has taken her studies very seriously.

Mid West Graduation and Awards evening

Central Regional TAFE’s Geraldton Campus 2017 Major Award winners were announced at their annual Graduation and Awards evening on Friday, 23 March 2018.

The award recipients were:

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Trainee of the Year - Lisa Righton                                           Aboriginal Student of the Year - Alitta Simpson

 

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Apprentice of the Year - Isabelle Croswell                            Vocational Student of the Year - Ryan Mearns

 

Each major award winner received a prize of $1,000.

 

Guest speakers on the night included 2017 WA School-Based Apprentice of the year Benjamin Rowe and 2017 WA Vocational Student of the Year Kyle Morgan who spoke of their experiences at the State Training Awards and what is was like to represent WA on a National stage. Current student Michelle Olden also spoke about her experiences as a TAFE student and scholarship winner. 

 

Central Regional TAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said the Graduation and Awards evening was a highlight on the college’s annual events calendar.

 

“It was fantastic to see family and friends come together and really rally behind our students who have made a great effort to finish their training” he said. 

 

“We thank our sponsors and industry partners for not only their support for the awards but also for their ongoing commitment to the future success of vocational education and training in our region” he said. 

 

Winner of the SkillHire Trainee of the Year award Lisa Righton, who successfully completed a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in 2017, thanked her employer Bambi Child Care for encouraging her to complete her studies.

“They supported me and gave me the confidence to complete my studies,” she said.

 

MWCCI Vocational Student of the Year award recipient Ryan Mearns, who completed a Diploma of Marine Studies, said he was honoured to have been selected for the award and in his speech said he was keen to pursue a career in the Department of Fisheries spoke passionately about the environment.

 

Diploma of Nursing student Alitta Simpson, who took out the Rio Tinto Aboriginal Student of the Year award, said she was keen to encourage other Aboriginal people, both male and female, to become nurses and in the future would like to gain as much experience as possible within field of healthcare. 

 

Major award winners have the opportunity to apply for the 2018 WA State Training Awards. Central Regional TAFE had three state award finalists last year with two students taking out the Vocational Student of the Year and School Based Apprentice of the Year award categories.

 

Read more about our 2017 Major Award recipients below:

Photos courtesy of LMR Photography

 

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Lisa Righton

Lisa successfully completed a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in 2017, she said her greatest challenge was juggling her family life with her studies. Her lecturers have described her as having an extremely good work ethic and exceptional skills, while Lisa’s employer Bambi Childcare Centre described her as having excellent skills and knowledge, and being very passionate and committed to what she does.

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Ryan Mearns

Ryan successfully completed a Diploma of Marine Studies in 2017, his lecturers have described him as being very committed to his studies and to marine science, with strong leadership skills and a willingness to help others with their course work and field projects. Ryan is now keen to pursue a career within the Department of Fisheries or the aquaculture industry.  

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Alitta Simpson

Alitta successfully completed a Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled) in 2017, managing to juggle a young family with her studies. She is keen to encourage other Aboriginal people, both male and female, to become nurses and in the future would like to gain as much experience as possible within field of healthcare. 

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Isabelle Croswell

Isabelle successfully completed a Certificate III in Hairdressing in 2017, her lecturers say she is extremely driven and excels in class. She is also very popular with her peers and provides kind and professional service to her clients. Isabelle has managed to juggle the demands of having a young family, showing her total commitment by putting in extra hours whenever necessary. In 2017 Isabelle took part in the regional division of the World Skills competition, taking out a gold medal. She has now been selected to represent WA in the National competition.  

 

Future Awards and Graduation evening dates:

Carnavon - Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Exmouth -  Thursday, 5 April 2018

 

Read more about Central Regional TAFE's Awards here

Page last updated April 27, 2018