Locals im­press at TAFE awards

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - BY GRACE EVANS

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.

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