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Wheatbelt Region - Major Award Winners Announced

Central Regional TAFE celebrated their 2018 graduating students and announced the Wheatbelt’s Major Award winners at their annual Graduation and Awards evening held on Friday, 22 March 2019.
The award recipients were:

Ag Implements Apprentice of the Year
Ryan West

• Shire of Northam Trainee of the Year
Jazmin Hahn

• Bendigo Bank Toodyay Aboriginal Student of the Year
Decima Jugen

• Linley Valley Pork Cultural Diversity Training Award
Bronwyn McKane

• Senses Australia James Dawson Memorial Award
Rebecca Hadlow

• Hon. Laurie Graham MLC and Darren West MLC Members for the Agricultural Region Vocational Student of the Year
Steven Papadopoulos

The event was attended by family, friends and sponsors who presented the major awards.

The evening also celebrated the achievements of Central Regional TAFE’s Northam campus 2018 graduates. There were over 190 eligible graduates from the Northam campus, who completed their studies in 2018 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, friends, industry partners and members of the community come together to support our students who have made a great effort to finish their training” he said.

“The support by the local community in the Wheatbelt has always been strong and we are proud of this fact” 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.

Steven Papadopoulos winner of the Vocational Student of the Year said he felt instantly shocked and very humbled when his name was read out.

“My training at TAFE has helped me in my job massively” he said.

“I work as a case support worker in the drug and alcohol industry and worked two jobs whilst completing my studies last year. My lecturer was nothing short of amazing and was really supportive and understanding to the demands of my employment” he said.

“I love living and working in the Wheatbelt and really appreciate having a TAFE in Northam. I’m passionate about the importance of Vocational Education and upskilling myself. I would recommend and encourage everyone to look into studying at TAFE” he said.

Bronwyn McKane the recipient of the Cultural Diversity Training Award said that although it is hard for her to accept complements, it really felt wonderful to be recognised for the hard work she has put in.

“Being a mum of two kids, one with a disability, TAFE was really accommodating to my need to study flexibly and from home. I know I worked really hard to complete my qualification and now I am able to use what I have learnt in my work every day” she said.

“My training has sparked an increased passion towards the mental health needs of our community and empowered me to consider how I can have an impact, perhaps even opening up my own support facility one day” she said.

Major award winners will have the opportunity to apply for the 2019 WA State Training Awards. Central Regional TAFE had two state award finalists last year.

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


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* Award accepted on behalf of Jazmin Hahn by: 
Danni Grundy (pictured) Lecturer Children's Services - Northam Campus


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