Students of TAFE NSW-Western Institute were prominent at the 2008 Western Region NSW Training Awards that were presented at a ceremony in Dubbo on Tuesday July 22nd.
Adrian Mitchell, Director TAFE NSW Western Institute said, "We are proud of the achievements of our students and recent graduates who were nominated for these awards, a number of whom were finalists and winners. I congratulate them, their teachers and the employers of the apprentices and trainees"
- Jill Morris from Dubbo was named as the Vocational Student of the Year. Jill completed a Diploma in Welfare Work at TAFE NSW Western Institute in 2007. She is now continuing her education by Distance Education with Charles Sturt University enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work.
- Karen James is the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander of the Year. Karen lives at Parkes and in 2007 completed Certificate III in Educational Support - Teachers Aide Special by flexible delivery with TAFE NSW Western Institute's Parkes College.
- Zane Crabb from Broken Hill was the Apprentice of the Year runner-up. Zane has Certificate III in Electrotechnology Systems Electrician with NSW Broken Hill College and is an apprentice with Perilya Broken Hill Limited.
- Christie Johnston was runner-up in Trainee of the Year Category. Christie, also from Broken Hill recently completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and a Trainee with Perilya Broken Hill Limited.
- Ryan Grives from Bathurst was a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year Category. He is a Bricklaying and Blocklaying Apprentice and earlier in the Year received the Western Institute's Most Outstanding Graduating Student Award in the Construction and Building Category.
The 2008 Regional Awards were sponsored by Australian Business Limited Apprenticeship Centre, MAS National (Making Apprenticeships Simple), Murdi Parrki regional Enterprise Corporation and TAFE NSW - Western Institute
Regional winners of the NSW Training Awards will now be considered for the state awards which will be announced in Sydney on 4 September 2008 by the NSW Minister for Education and Training.
The NSW Training Awards are a celebration of diversity. Finalists come from many categories - Trainee of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, School Based Apprentice of the Year, Training Organisation of the Year, Employer and Small Business of the Year, Vocational Education and Training in Schools and vocational school students.