Wellington student Cody Hannelly was crowned Apprentice of the Year at the 2017 TAFE NSW Gili Awards in Sydney.
The TAFE NSW Certificate IV Building and Construction student, who is employed by Cavanagh Building Services in Dubbo, was shocked but thrilled with his success.
“I was really surprised when my teacher called me and told me he was nominating me for this award, and I was even more shocked when I found out I’d won,” he said.
“Anytime anyone is recognised for their hard work, it’s great. To actually win this award over students from right across NSW is a thrill and I’d like to thank Cavanagh Building Services, my family, and the TAFE NSW teachers for their continued support.”
The prestigious Gili Awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal students, the contribution and dedication of TAFE NSW staff, and the positive outcomes of TAFE NSW engagement with industry, schools and Aboriginal communities.
TAFE NSW Construction teacher Stephen Cross paid tribute to Mr Hannelly, who he described as the perfect student.
“Not only is Cody a model student, he’s a wonderful person,” Mr Cross said. “He’s hard working, willing to listen, makes good decisions and is a role model for not only people in his classes, but his local community as well.”
TAFE NSW Managing Director Jon Black commended the winners for their achievements at the Gili Awards.
“We are very proud of the hard work and dedication to learning of these amazing young Australians,” Mr Black said.
“The achievements of our TAFE NSW students demonstrate the excellence in vocational education and training TAFE NSW provides and the commitment of our industry-expert teachers to enable them to succeed.”