A love of training whilst working has delivered invaluable opportunities for young Orange Aboriginal woman Nicole Trudgett - who in a short space of time has created a positive impression with her employer TAFE Western.
Ms Trudgett has come a long way since she started with the education and training provider as a Business trainee in March 2014, going on to complete a Certificate III in Business Administration in March 2015 and a further Certificate IV in July 2016.
Manager of Customer Services at TAFE Western Louise Baker said this training paid dividends for Ms Trudgett, who has now been appointed to a full-time Customer Service Officer role in the organisation’s Business Unit.
“Nicole has been a dedicated worker since she started with TAFE Western and her commitment to improving her skills through study is first class and should be commended,” Ms Baker said.
“Nicole is proof that TAFE Western really does provide education and training opportunities that change lives. She’s someone who is an inspiration to other young people in the region and shows that anything is possible when you are willing to work hard.”
Ms Trudgett has no doubt that completing extra curricula activities at TAFE helped increase her skill set and ultimately helped her win her new position.
“I enjoyed studying at TAFE because of the constant support I had from my teacher/assessor Rebecca Simons,” Ms Trudgett said.
“Another positive factor that made studying enjoyable was being able to access the great resources TAFE Western offers, like the Student Hub and its services which includes Aboriginal Education Coordinators, counselling services, disability services and much more.
“I have found that TAFE Western is a great, friendly and supportive environment to study in. They are very flexible offering courses online, part-time and full-time to cater to your individual needs.
“I’d really encourage anyone who has ever considered TAFE to give it a go. There’s lots of great courses and it really can open the door to exciting opportunities.”
Ms Trudgett said she is really enjoying her current role at TAFE and aimed to continue using her exemplary customer skills to continue providing help to people in the Orange region.
“I really enjoy helping people and seeing them study something they are passionate about,” Ms Trudgett said.
“It’s a great feeling when you get to post them their certificate of completion or hear their success story.”
TAFE Western is one the largest education and training providers for Aboriginal peoples in the country, with more than 23% of annual enrolments identifying as Aboriginal.
With the new year fast approaching, and hundreds of great courses available for people of all ages, skills and abilities, there’s never been a better time to consider coming to TAFE.
For more information visit www.tafewestern.edu.au or phone 1300 823 393.