Karratha student takes home top gong
A Karratha woman has been recognised as the WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year in the WA Training Awards.
Naomi Beath was named one of 12 winners of this year’s State vocational education and training awards, narrowed down from a pool of 42 finalists, at a presentation dinner last month.
Her award recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student with a strong understanding of the importance of training and a commitment to learning, and is sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation.
Department of Training and Workforce Development WA director-general Dr Ruth Shean congratulated Naomi on her achievement, which she said provided a good foundation for her future success.
“The WA Training Awards provide a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the success stories of individuals as role models for others, as well as the important contribution that organisations make to the VET sector,” she said.
Ms Beath is a Kariyarra woman of the Port Hedland area, who grew up in Karratha and returned here after working for eight years in Perth.
She qualified in logistics through an initial traineeship, and went on to study to become a process plant operator afterworking at the Karratha Gas Plant.
Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey praised the award winners for their achievements.
“I congratulate all the winners and finalists, and commend them for their outstanding leadership, achievements and contributions within their respective fields,” the Minister said.
Tegan Mossop, from Fitzroy Crossing, won WA Trainer of the Year.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey and WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Naomi Beath.