AmandaStewart, a student with TAFE NSW – Western Institute in Bathurst, has been awarded a Youth Encouragement Award in recognition of her achievements and to assist with her ongoing studies.
According to RussellBrown, Manager of Equity and Student Support, Amanda has had to work hard to juggle the demanding requirements of her training in the Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation while undertaking part-time work to support herself.
“The course in Outdoor Recreation is very intensive requiring Amanda to be ‘in the field’ every second weekend throughout the year,” he said.
“Amanda has been very focused on what she wanted to achieve this year and has made the necessary sacrifices to succeed.”
MrBrown said that Amanda moved away from her family and friends in Bombala to be able to undertake her training in Outdoor Recreation which is only offered at a handful of campuses in NSW.
When she finishes the course Amanda hopes that it will help her get work as a camp counsellor in one of the summer camps in America as well as helping to find work in the industry in the Blue Mountains.
“I’ve always been interested in the outdoors so when I saw the information about this course I went ‘wow’ I want to do that,” she said.
“I was ecstatic when I found out about this award because it help me so much with my studies and the gear I need.”
Amanda will shortly need to leave her job to complete the work experience requirements of her job in Sydney and in the Southern Highlands.
This award will help support Amanda during this time as well as assisting her with the purchase of specialist outdoor equipment such as back packs, tents, boots and the like which she will need.
The TAFE NSW Youth Encouragement Award was introduced in 2002 as an initiative of the TAFE Board to encourage young people to participate in vocational education and training.