For the second year running a graduate of TAFE NSW - Western Institute has received the prestigious NSW Vocational Student of the Year award. Jill Morris of Dubbo was this year's award winner following the 2007 success of Tania Roberts from Broken Hill.
Jill was presented with her award, along with a new HP Laptop Computer at a Gala Dinner held for the NSW Training Awards. She attended the dinner with her husband Mal and local TAFE teacher, Rosemary Petheram.
Jill will now represent NSW at the Australian Training Awards that will be announced in Darwin later in the year. She was presented with the award by the Director General of Education and Training in NSW, Michael Coutts-Trotter. The dinner was attended by 790 people, representing the peak education and training bodies in NSW.
Jill completed a Diploma of Community Welfare Work at Dubbo TAFE College whilst co-enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work with Charles Sturt University. She has achieved outstanding results and was awarded a CSU Scholarship in 2006.
One of Jill's teachers, Rosemary Petheram was able to attend the Award Dinner with Jill and her husband Mal. Rosemary started the process towards this recognition by nominating Jill for the TAFE NSW - Western Institute's Outstanding Graduation Students Awards earlier this year.
Rosemary said. "Jill has shown a great capacity for leadership and guidance that benefited the whole cohort of students. As well as high academic ability she has interpersonal skills, integrity and is professional in her work. She fits the demands of her studies around part-time work and the responsibilities of caring for her family."
"Jill is hoping to work with families in the Dubbo area after she graduates from university and is especially interested in early intervention and prevention strategies." Rosemary concluded.
The national Aged Care Funding Instrument Training Project, resulting from a partnership between TAFE NSW Western Institute and the Department of Health and Ageing was nominated for an Initiative award and was successful in becoming a finalist at the NSW Training Awards.
Another training partnership between Western Institute and the Manildra Group's Manildra Flour Mills led to the company being a finalist in the Employer category at the 2008 Awards.
More details about the 2008 NSW Training awards are available at https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/trainingawards/index.htm