The 2017 TAFE NSW Ambassador Prize Program winner was Certificate IV in wool classing student Laura Offley.
Laura has been selected as the TAFE NSW Ambassador for TAFE Western, a campaign that recognizes outstanding graduates who have the potential to successfully establish themselves within industry.
After completing her Certificate II in Agriculture as a TVET student whilst at school, Laura then undertook the Certificate IV in Woolclassing qualification. Laura was very driven and determined to excel with her studies and continued to work in shearing sheds and at properties across western NSW and locally in the Crookwell area.
Laura represented TAFE NSW in the Australian Wool Exchange National Wool Classing Competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Laura was extremely competitive against some of the best wool classers from across the country, and finished just outside the placings.
In and out of the classroom, Laura performed her tasks with skill and maturity, a great achievement to stand out and prove herself in a traditionally male dominated field.
Laura is not only a great wool classer, she is a great manager. She is an excellent communicator, is very organised and gets the team to work well together. These are all important attributes, part of getting the job done, maximising the wool returns to the grower and providing a quality export product.
“Laura is reliable, polite, well groomed, has a cheerful outlook on life and shows care and respect to everyone around her. She is a valuable team member and capable team leader with an outstanding work ethic.” – Kerri Capill.