Twelve stories of the life-changing impact of education and training were celebrated at the most prestigious awards from TAFE graduates in western NSW. The awards will also include the declaration of the Aboriginal Student of the Year and Most Outstanding Graduate for 2014.
Kate Baxter, Institute Director said that the Awards were held annually at a location in western NSW. The winners this year are from TAFE Colleges throughout the region including Mudgee, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow, Bourke, Walgett and Gulgong for their achievements in training, community contribution and the stories about their personal experiences.
“These students have demonstrated a commitment to their studies and a dedication to chosen career path but more importantly a special quality that made them stand out as being exceptional,” she said. “Behind every award presented today is a story of personal growth, leadership, perseverance, dedication and in many cases overcoming individual challenges.”
The winners this year include students who have established their careers in the diverse range of training options offered by TAFE Western including: motorsports, screen and media, Policing, business, electrical trades, community services, childcare, health and Aboriginal studies.
The winners also include students who have completed their training at school through to mature-age students who have undertaken training to change career direction and achieve their aspirations.
The awards will also include a presentation for Aboriginal Elder of the Year. This important award will this year be presented to Albert Ryan. Originally from Dubbo, Albert has been the Aboriginal Health Worker for seven years in Orange, employed with Greater West Area Health Service.
He helped set up the Orange Aboriginal Men’s Group and previously held the position of Deputy Chair of Orange Aboriginal Community Working Party. Albert is passionate about Aboriginal education and training and sees this as a way to change lives.
TAFE Western is the largest provider of education and training in western NSW. In 2014 more than 36,000 students benefited from the training they received. The Outstanding Graduating Student Awards are the most prestigious awards for TAFE students from across the region, an area of more than half of NSW and comprising 24 TAFE Colleges.