Cody ec­static with Gili Award Suc­cess

Dubbo Photo News - - Wellington News - Con­trib­uted by TAFE NSW

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.”

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