Locals impress at TAFE awards
GO TAFE students from around the region have been recognised for their top performance, dedication and hard work at the annual trade awards last week.
Two Euroa women have come away with top spot’s in their trades, being nominated by their teachers throughout the schooling year.
One of the recipients was Euroa Hotel’s chef Alana Williams, who came away with two awards, “Outstanding Final Year Apprentice Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)” and “Hospitality Apprentice Achievement Award.”
After three years of what she described as “a lot of theory”, Mrs Williams said it’s nice to get some recognition at the end of it all.
“The last time I actually studied was back in high school, so to be able to do it all again and receive that recognition has just been great,” Mrs Williams said.
“You put so much into it over the three years and it’s a lot of work.
“The amount of theory based stuff for a chef that you wouldn’t expect to have is just astonishing.”
Mrs Williams emphasised the importance behind the awards saying it keeps people motivated to want to keep going in their craft.
The mother of three returned to the workforce after having kids and with chef’s running through her bloodline, everything just fell into place.
“I’ve always enjoyed cooking because both my grandma and dad were chefs, but I never really thought about it as a career,” she said.
“The work just really fell in with my lifestyle and I enjoy what I do.”
Hairdresser Sharelle Dowell also came away with an award on the night, being recognised for the “Outstanding First Year Apprentice.”
Ms Dowell spends four days a week working at local Euroa business Han’s Hair Salon and one day in the classroom.
“I was super surprised when I heard that I had got it because you don’t really take too much notice of the teachers watching over you,” Ms Dowell said.
“I’ve just always loved hairdressing.”
Known for her ability to pick things up quickly, boss Hannah Allen said she’s doing incredibly well and is doing a lot more things than she was at this stage.
Both of the women are looking forward to continuing their career pathways and seeing what the future holds.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: Apprentice hairdresser Sharelle Dowell is only in her first year in the trade, but is already making waves.
TOP CHEF: Euroa Chef Alana Williams has been recognised for her cooking skills.