2018 NSW Training Awards Winners - Individual

Meet the Individual Award category winners of 2018.

2018 Apprentice of the Year

Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards

Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician
Trained by:TAFE NSW - Riverina RTO
Employed by:Snowy Hydro Ltd

After 15 years as a motor mechanic, mature-age apprentice Michael was given the opportunity by his employer, Snowy Hydro Limited, to take on a second trade. He completed a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician with acclaim, taking out the TAFE NSW Wagga Wagga Campus apprentice of the year in 2017.

Michael displays exemplary commitment as a mature-age apprentice with a young family, and is described as an ‘extremely valuable’ employee due to his double qualification. Snowy Hydro is now looking to help qualify him further for his work with a Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

2018 Trainee of the Year

Tara Proberts-Roberts

Tara Proberts-Roberts

Qualification: Certificate II in Civil Construction
Trained by: TAFE NSW - Western Sydney RTO
Employed by: CPB Dragados Samsung Joint Venture

Early on, Tara’s supervisors on the WestConnex New M5 project recognised her potential and ability to excel when challenged. The Sydney-based civil construction trainee, who had worked previously in banking and childcare, continues to impress with her hunger to learn.

She’s complemented her Certificate II in Civil Construction studies with extra tickets and plant training, and plans to continue her education through VET.

A proud Aboriginal woman, Tara is a role model for her family and community, and thrilled with her life’s direction. “I will tell anyone to get a job in construction—it has changed the way I look at myself, my confidence and self-worth.”

2018 School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Lucy Allen

Lucy Allen

Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Trained by: TAFE NSW - Hunter RTO
Employed by: Hunter New England Local Health District
School: Maitland Grossman High School

‘Nursing is an industry where I go home knowing I have made some sort of difference in someone’s life,’ says 18-year-old Lucy, who is undertaking a school-based traineeship for a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance through TAFE NSW Hunter RTO.

Employed by Hunter New England Local Health District, the Maitland Grossman High School student is, ‘often mistaken for a registered nurse due to her knowledge and maturity level’, says manager Martin Losurdo. Lucy, too, feels she has found her calling and is excited for future opportunities through VET. ‘A traineeship is the most perfect way to incorporate school, work and working towards a qualification.’

2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Tarnisha Winsor

Tarnisha Winsor

Qualificaiton: Certificate II in Business
Trained by: Public Schools NSW, Tamworth
Employed by: Upper Hunter Shire Council
Hosted by: Merriwa Central School

Running the 2017 NAIDOC celebrations for the Upper Hunter Shire Council has been the pinnacle of Merriwa Central School Year 12 student Tarnisha’s blossoming career so far.

The 17-year-old school captain and SRC president was also the recipient of the Peter Hilder Memorial Award for an Indigenous VET student, and the Upper Hunter Shire Young Citizen of the Year 2018.

She credits her opportunities, accolades and growing confidence to her school-based traineeship with the council and Certificate II in Business through Tamworth Public Schools. ‘I feel overwhelmed by the community’s faith in me and the encouragement I’ve received.’

2018 Vocational Student of the Year

Katayoon Karimodini

Katayoon Karimodini

Vocation: Diploma of Community Services
Trained by: TAFE NSW - Hunter RTO

Katayoon (Kathy) finished her Diploma in Community Services through TAFE NSW in 2017 with outstanding results. Described as reliable and caring with a great sense of humour, Kathy, an Iranian immigrant now living on the Central Coast, works part-time as a multicultural social support coordinator and volunteers at Northern Women’s Health Centre and Wesley Mission.

Her qualification taught her that self-care when dealing with the problems of others is critical. “I learnt that I should recognise my strengths and weaknesses, identify my needs, set a target, make a plan, ask for help and find out all the options,” she says. “Then just keep going and never give up.”

2018 VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

Belinda Maudson

Belinda Maudson

Employed by: TAFE NSW – Sydney RTO
Field of Study: Entertainment Design

From supervising students until 2am to make the opening deadline for VIVID Sydney, to developing customised courses to meet skills gaps in the entertainment industry, and organising an intimate Q&A session with the production designer of acclaimed television series Games of Thrones, Belinda’s dedication, initiative and creativity as a teacher shines through.

For 13 years, Sydney-based Belinda has nurtured students undertaking Illustration and Production Design qualifications at TAFE NSW’s Design Centre Enmore, leveraging her professional relationships within the film, television, theatre and events industry – and her ‘never say no’ attitude – to deliver the skills, support and opportunities students need to achieve and succeed.

2018 VET in Schools Student of the Year

Kieran Sullivan

Kieran Sullivan

Qualification: Certificate II in Agriculture
Trained by: Public Schools NSW, Tamworth
School: Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

Kieran has not only shone in his studies for Certificates II and III in Agriculture, the 18-year-old Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School boarding school prefect is now confident enough to help others learn. In 2017, Kieran won the Arthur Heath Memorial Scholarship for outstanding results in agriculture and scored a University of New England industry placement scholarship with a veterinary research company. This year he was an associate judge at Armidale Cattle Show.

Kieran says what has impacted him most from his study is the necessity for sustainability in agriculture, and to understand the effects of chemical use on the environment.

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