Jill Morris who graduated from Dubbo TAFE with a Diploma of Community Welfare Work last year has been named the Vocational Student of the Year at the 2008 Australian Training Awards which were held in Darwin last Thursday.
This is the second time in two years that a Welfare student from Dubbo TAFE has won a prestigious Australian Training Award - last year Shilo Barker was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.
Jill stopped working full-time to complete her TAFE course and has since embarked on a new career path. However her studies are not complete, whilst she is now working as a residential care nurse in mental health rehabilitation with the Greater Western Area Health Service Jill is also completing a Bachelor of Social Work through Charles Sturt University.
Jill is passionate about working with families and as she develops her skills she is very keen to get involved in preventative community development social work.
One of Jill's TAFE teachers, Rosemary Petheram, nominated her for the NSW Training Awards, and following her success in Sydney, Jill became the NSW nominee for Vocation Student of the Year in the national awards.
Rosemary said, "Jill demonstrated an outstanding attitude to her work and became a leader in her class. She always achieved academic excellence and has a well developed sense of community service.
"The feedback we received from Industry about Jill was always positive - she has a professional approach and really good interpersonal skills - all these attributes will have contributed to Jill's success in winning the national award".
Institute Director, Adrian Mitchell said, "Jill's success at the Australian Training Awards is great news. She deserves this recognition and I congratulate her, not just for her success at TAFE but also for her commitment to her family and the community."
"This award is also important for Dubbo, the local TAFE and the teachers who have demonstrated their own teaching excellence and taken the initiative to recognise their outstanding students like Jill Morris and Shilo Barker by nominating them for the Training Awards."
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