TAFE NSW Bega student, Thomas Burn has been honoured as a finalist at the prestigious 2018 NSW Training Awards Presentation Event at the Sydney Town Hall last night.
TAFE NSW students, teachers and industry partnerships claimed nine of the 14 awards on offer at the Training Services NSW event, including Vocational Student of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Large Training Provider of the Year and VET Teacher of the Year.
Thomas Burn said: “It’s such an honour to have been selected and I would like to thank everyone involved in the Awards process.
“As a TAFE NSW Bega student I’ve learned many great skills related to the engineering and fabrication industry that I otherwise wouldn’t have got until after leaving school.
“This has given me a real head start. It’s been an invaluable opportunity and without it I wouldn’t be on the career path I’m on today.
“I’m now more confident with communication with the public and in a business setting. I have more confidence in a job interview. I know I have skills and experience to back me up.
“Without a doubt I’m job-ready straight out of school. I’d be ready to start work without having that introductory period of learning the basics. That’s a benefit to any employer.”
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Kerry Penton congratulated Thomas.
“This is a wonderful result for TAFE NSW and testament to our commitment to providing the best training to our students, delivered by teachers with real industry experience.
“TAFE NSW prides itself on equipping students with practical skills and work experience so they’re ready to hit the ground running in their chosen field.
“I have no doubt Thomas, and the many other finalists from TAFE NSW, will go on to be ambassadors for TAFE NSW and forge highly successful careers.”
The annual Training Services NSW event recognises outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the accomplishments of students, trainers/teachers and registered training organisations across the state.
The NSW Training Award winners will proceed to the coveted Australian Training Awards which will be held in Sydney this November.
Above: TAFE NSW Bega student Thomas Burn with the Minister responsible for TAFE NSW, Adam Marshall and TAFE NSW Managing Director, Jon Black.