Broken Hill College graduate, Jamie Billing was announced recently as TAFE Western’s Aboriginal Trainee of the Year as well as Aboriginal Student of the Year at the 2013 Outstanding Graduating Student Awards held in Bathurst. Jamie also won Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the Western Region Training Awards.
Jamie, a former butcher, carpet layer, bar manager and talented semi-professional photographer, strove hard to overcome personal barriers to complete the Certificate IV in Aboriginal Primary Health Care (Practice) at Broken Hill College. He showed great personal drive and determination to go beyond what was required of him in class to fully understand terminology, content and practical application of the knowledge required in his course.
Jamie said “Training with TAFE Western has put me in a position I never thought I would be in. I left school 20 years ago and was a bit hesitant to go back to the classroom, but I needed to take control of my life and TAFE has allowed me to do that. I now have direction and fulfilment in my life. I love my job with Marri Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation and at some time in the future I would like to go back to study to be a doctor.”