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Central Regional TAFE students win at 2017 WA Training Awards

Two Central Regional TAFE students are winners at this year’s WA Training Awards.

Geraldton student Benjamin Rowe has taken out the WA School-Based Apprentice of the year and Kyle Morgan, also a Geraldton student has won the WA Vocational Student of the Year category.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery presented the 2017 Training Awards (a program which recognises individual talent in the training sector) at the annual presentation dinner in Perth last week.

She said the inspirational journeys of the winners show us it is never too late to retrain and better your future.

“I congratulate these winners on their dedication and commitment to our training sector. We are in good hands with these people and organisations driving our future economy.”

Award winner Kyle Morgan, a dual diploma student (Environmental Monitoring and Technology and Laboratory Technology) said it was an incredible honour to be recognised as the best vocational student in the state.

“I still can’t believe it. I’m very proud of myself and where I’ve come from to be in this position,” Mr Morgan said.

“If anyone had told me 24 months ago that this would happen I would have laughed at them. The outcome of my study was for me, more than just a piece of paper, it has changed my life and helped me to start over” he said. 

“The awards process has put me in scenarios that I would have never experienced otherwise and provided unforgettable situations. It has given me opportunities for personal growth and opened possibilities for my future” he said.  

Award winner Benjamin Rowe, a school-based automotive Apprentice, said winning the award came as a complete surprise because he didn’t think he had a chance of winning.

“The night was much bigger than what I had expected it to be, so I was completely shocked when I won” Mr Rowe said.

“It is a really big deal for me because it is probably my biggest achievement to date” he said.

Both winners thanked their family and lecturers for their support and guidance.

Central Regional TAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said the college was proud of the students’ success.

“There are only a few awards on offer, all with very deserving finalists, so to win two categories is a significant achievement” Mr Swetman said.

“It is well deserved and a fantastic outcome for the students and our college” he said.

Each winner received $5,000 and will now compete at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra this November. 


Huge congratulations Kyle and Ben! - From all of us at Central Regional TAFE


large_Photo One-Award Winner-Kyle Morgan.jpg                                                        large_Photo Two-Award Winner-Benjamin Rowe.jpg

Kyle Morgan                                                                                                      Benjamin Rowe

Winner -  WA Vocational Student of the Year                                        Winner - WA School-Based Apprentice of the Year


Photos: Courtesy of the Department of Training and Workforce Develpoment

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