Passionate TAFE NSW Head Teacher, Troy Everett, was recently announced a recipient of a prestigious Premier’s Teacher Scholarship at a gala event at The Mint in Sydney acknowledging his initiative and dedication.
Mr Everett, Head Teacher Bricklaying at TAFE NSW Wollongong, Moruya, Queanbeyan and Albury, impressed judges with his research proposal to promote skills excellence in training as well increase support for students who are weak in literacy and numeracy.
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Kerry Penton, said this was a wonderful achievement for Troy and one that will benefit TAFE NSW students across the region.
“The Premier’s scholarship program enables NSW teachers from government and non-government schools and TAFE NSW to undertake a five-week international study tour, visiting some of the world’s best institutions and centres of learning to consult experts and observe exemplary practices related to a specific aspect of their curriculum.
“Mr Everett is committed to his students and the scholarship will enable him to be at the forefront of new and better ways to teach ultimately benefiting his staff to help prepare TAFE NSW students for their employment future,” Ms Penton said.
Mr Everett said that he plans to travel to London, Derby and York in the UK to expand on and update his previous award-winning research into literacy and numeracy barriers for apprentices in the bricklaying and construction industry.
“It is a tremendous honour to represent TAFE NSW and I will use the Premier’s Scholarship to address two identified areas that require attention and relate to serving both ends of the training spectrum; promotion skills excellence in training and assessment and supporting entry students that have existing literacy and numeracy deficiencies.
“In the UK I will be exposed to different methods and approaches to teaching these subject areas. These insights will provide a good basis for a comparison as well as identify effective services.
“I know they have very good practices in the UK but I want to see if it comes down to good section level practice, or political structures. “I just want to challenge my thinking around it, broaden my thinking and possibly broaden our practice in Australia,” Mr Everett said.
Above: TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Kerry Penton with scholarship recipient and Head Teacher of Bricklaying at TAFE NSW Wollongong, Moruya, Queanbeyan and Albury Troy Everett and TAFE NSW Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Construction Chris Outten at the Premier’s Teacher Scholarship award presentation at The Mint in Sydney.