Stu­dents recog­nised for ex­cel­lence in their stud­ies at TAFE awards

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS -

Stu­dents learn­ing and ex­celling at the tricks of the trade have earned them­selves the spot­light at Cen­tral Re­gional TAFE Mid West and Gas­coyne’s re­cent award cer­e­mony.

Awards were pre­sented to Na­gle Catholic Col­lege stu­dents Jaide Mor­gan, Is­abella Bel­lot­tie and Sarah Smyth, who re­ceived their ac­co­lades while com­plet­ing cer­tifi­cates in re­tail cos­met­ics, an­i­mal stud­ies and prepa­ra­tion for nurs­ing re­spec­tively.

Ger­ald­ton Se­nior Col­lege stu­dents Madi­son Long and Mitchell Will were also recog­nised for their ef­forts in com­mu­nity ser­vices and elec­tro-tech­nol­ogy.

Carnar­von stu­dent and plumber’s ap­pren­tice Jai Lawer was given the 2018 Em­ploy­ment Based Train­ing Stu­dent Award and sev­eral busi­nesses were recog­nised for taking on stu­dents to do prac­ti­cal work, in­clud­ing Place Road Pets and Aquar­ium Cen­tre, S&K Elec­tri­cal Con­tract­ing and GG Pumps Elec­tri­cal.

Cen­tral Re­gional TAFE man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Bill Swet­man said his in­sti­tu­tion pro­vided 33 qual­i­fi­ca­tions to more than 350 stu­dents at 12 schools in the re­gion. He said vo­ca­tional train­ing al­lowed chil­dren to ex­plore the workplace and ap­ply prac­ti­cal skills.

“It is also ben­e­fi­cial to em­ploy­ers and our in­dus­try part­ners, as they get to try out po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees,” Mr Swet­man said, of the pro­gram.

“The pro­gram also in­creases the like­li­hood of stu­dents gain­ing lo­calised em­ploy­ment or, al­ter­na­tively, stream­lines their en­try into higher level VET qual­i­fi­ca­tions and pro­vides a path­way to higher ed­u­ca­tion.”

The TAFE Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing pro­gram has been run­ning since 1997.

Mitchell Will

Sarah Smyth

Is­abella Bel­lot­tie

Jaide Mor­gan

Madi­son Long

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