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WA Training Awards 2017


Congratulations to our winner and finalists

North Metropolitan TAFE is proud to announce that seven students and two trainers made it to the finals of the WA Training Awards 2017.
And congratulations go to Education Support and Early Childhood lecturer Jane Goodfellow who received the prestigious 2017 WA Trainer of the Year Award.
These awards recognise individual talent in the training sector.

The college has produced nine of the 30 finalists for the State's premier industry awards, with at least one finalist in six of the eight categories. 

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery made the announcement, highlighting that finalists represent Western Australia's best apprentices, trainees, students and trainers.
Some of our most promising apprentices, trainees, students and trainers, from across the State are finalists in this year's awards. This awards program opens doors and gives finalists opportunities to take their skills even further. 

Winners were announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, September 15, 2017. 
Category winners become finalists in the Australian Training Awards held in Canberra on Thursday 23 November 2017.

Our finalists

Trainer of the Year
Indu V  STEM

V Mrs Indumathi A.jpgHailing from India and Singapore, Indu started her career with a VET qualification as an Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineer.

In addition to a “getting things done” approach to her work, a strong focus on student feedback and continuous improvement and a passion for the training and education sector, Indu credits her award to her work in bringing “Girls in STEM”.

We need to encourage young girls to be curious and fearless. I want girls to know that they can choose anything, that a career in STEM is not only possible, but also viable and rewarding. I always tell my students that gender does not matter. What matters is interest, ability and determination.
Jane Goodfellow  Education Support

Goodfellow Mrs Jane A.jpgJane’s passion for training inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to lecture in education support and early childhood. Jane's extensive contributions to the industry include developing an Associate Degree in Education and Auslan professional development courses to meet student and community needs.

Cultural Diversity Student of the Year
Rachel Orr  Certificate III in Health Services | Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance  

Rachel Orr.jpgShifting from a career in accounting in her home country of Vietnam, Rachel Orr believes her Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance have helped her develop her communication skills and taught her to work in a team, respecting and understanding others. 

I want to be a positive role model for people like me. I am proof that if you study and work hard, you can be successful in a field that you are passionate about.
I will share my experience, knowledge and skills so I can help people as much as I can. I really want to contribute to my community and a career in health will now allow me to do that.


International Student of the Year 
Kumbirai Gono  Diploma of Nursing 

Gono Miss Kumbirai A.jpgI want to reach out to other international students. I want to share my training journey with them and tell them that nothing is impossible if you have an opportunity such as this. You can be anything in Australia, you can be… someone. If you keep your head high, are confident and work hard, you can achieve your dreams in this country. 

Charlotte Strike  Diploma of Events Management

Gono Miss Kumbirai A.jpgI want to connect with international students over something I believe we can all related to, which is mental health. I have struggled with mental health when I first arrived here, and I think that came from not having enough direction or purpose. But now that I am on my journey to my career and know what I want to do, I can share my journey and encourage and support them through theirs.

Because we all come from such different places and have such different backgrounds, the international student community here is really multidimensional, but can be a bit segregated. It’s hard to put us all in one group. My plan is to use the skills that I have learned at North Metropolitan TAFE and create events and activities to help and engage international students.

Trainee of the Year
Alex Baldock  Certificate IV in Building and Construction
Baldock Mr Alex A.jpgAlex’s goal is to become a Registered Builder and to have his own building company, combining his three passions of economics, business and building. He is well on his way to achieving this with the Certificate II in Building and Construction under his belt and is now enrolled in the Certificate IV in Building and Construction. Alex intends to gain his Builder’s Registration after completing the Diploma of Building & Construction. 


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 
Shayna Daniels  Diploma of Events Management 

Daniels Miss Shayna A.jpgI want to promote the training pathways that are available for indigenous students, especially indigenous mothers who are looking into ways of returning to the workforce.
I am a mum too and I believe this is a really important issue.



Apprentice of the Year  
Lauren Bruce-Smith  Diploma of Dental Technology

Bruce-Smith Miss Lauren A.jpgI am really passionate about my area, but I am also passionate about apprenticeships and the learning environment in an apprenticeship. I am all for it – it was the one the best decisions of my life. Now I am proud to say that I did an apprenticeship, I have a Diploma and I am a qualified Dental Technician. With TAFE you feel proud in saying what you do.

Tristan Palmer  Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Bruce-Smith Miss Lauren A.jpgI worked for 4 days a week and studied at North Metropolitan TAFE for one.  The structure of the apprenticeship worked pretty effectively – I came to TAFE for a day and learned what I needed for the remainder of the week. I really enjoyed getting that constant training all the way through.


Large Training Provider of the Year

30 Aberdeen Street.jpgDelivering training programs ranging from Certificate I to Higher Education qualifications across 48 industry areas,
North Metropolitan TAFE provides nationally recognised training choices to the market in both mainstream and niche areas.

With over 500 qualifications on offer, North Metropolitan TAFE is able to cater for industry needs in having job-ready students strong in demand in local and global markets. 

We also meet community expectations by offering a diverse and vibrant range of training to enrich individuals, schools and the local community, both economically and socially.

North Metropolitan TAFE benefits from extensive linkages with industry and the local community on which its campuses are based. Engagement with key stakeholders informs our decision-making and underpins the relevance and accessibility of the college’s contemporary, industry-led training to develop graduates with the necessary skills for the 21st century.

School-based Apprentice
Lauren Brunalli  Certificate III in Retail Operations

Brunalli Miss Lauren A.jpgLauren Brunalli has made it to the finals after being nominated by her employer, KFC, for her Certificate III in Retail Operations. 
Although Lauren is not representing North Metropolitan TAFE at the 2017 WA Training Awards, she is currently undertaking a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation as a one of our students. 

We wish Lauren all the best in the finals.



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