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Four TAFE NSW Western Sydney representatives progress to Finals of NSW Training Awards

Curtis Millar and Lisa Thorley are on their way to the State Finals of the NSW Training Awards

TAFE Western Sydney would like to congratulate our students and teachers who won awards at the recent NSW Regional Training Awards. IT student Curtis Millar won the Regional Trainee of the Year Award, and engineering student, Vivian Tully, took home the Regional Trainee High Achievement Award. Mount Druitt College student, Liam Warburton won the Regional Apprentice of the Year Award and the Regional VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year was awarded to Animal Science teacher Rebecca Coventry. Horticulture teacher Kath Temple also received a High Achievement Award at the Western Sydney Regional Training Awards event on June 18, 2016. Events Management student, Lisa Thorley was named Vocational Student of the Year for the Southern and South Western Sydney Region on Friday 24, June 2016.

Curtis Millar was one of six TAFE Western Sydney students to reach the final of the Western Sydney Regional Training Awards. “Curtis’ interest in technologies began five years ago when he discovered an aptitude for working with technology. After teaching himself for years, Curtis decided to learn the best practise techniques and formalise what he had taught himself by studying both the Certificate III and IV in Information Technology Networking,” said Blacktown College teacher Michael Corrigan.

Electrotechnology apprentice, Liam Warburton was nominated by his employer Bellinger Instruments. A highly intelligent and focussed student, Liam excelled in practical laboratory sessions due to his exacting standards. “Liam would challenge results and never be content with just staying within tolerances,” said Mt Druitt College teacher Greg Moore.

Richmond College Animal Science teacher, Rebecca Coventry, is a highly skilled veterinary nurse who has taught Animal Care Management at TAFE Western Sydney for the last six years. Rebecca is passionate about animal welfare, education and ensuring sustainability for the animal care industry. As NSW President of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia and a member of the National Industry Advisory Committee for Veterinary Nursing, Rebecca passes on the industry’s latest innovations to students while drawing on her 12 years’ experience in the sector.

Southern and South Western Sydney Region Vocational Student of the Year, Lisa Thorley, managed to complete not only her Diploma but also an Advanced Diploma in Events Management in less than 12 months. Nepean College teacher, Joanne Ervasti nominated Lisa for the award following her excellent results across the course work including Marketing, Finance and Event Operations and Management. Lisa’s professionalism and exceptional interpersonal skills earned the respect of her teachers and fellow students alike.

TAFE Western Sydney Institute Director Robin Shreeve congratulated each of the students and teachers Rebecca Coventry and Kath Temple on their achievements.

“It’s wonderful to see both our young and mature aged students recognised for their hard work and dedication to their studies. We are also very proud to have four of our teachers reach the finals of the Western Sydney Regional Training Awards. Ms Coventry is an outstanding educator and is committed to continuous improvement of our face-to-face, blended and online learning courses.

Congratulations to all of our award winners,” said Mr Shreeve.

Winners of regional Training Awards are now in the running for NSW Training Awards which will be announced in September.