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North Metropolitan TAFE has announced its 2019 Ambassadors – a group of outstanding students whose lives have been enriched by training and a group of dedicated trainers who helped get them there.

  • The stand-out individuals were nominated for NMTAFE’s Ambassadorship Program which aims to recognise and reward outstanding staff and students across the college.   
  • Twenty-two students and five trainers were recognised across seven categories (see below)
  • Ambassadors were presented with certificates in front of their friends, family and employers at a celebration event at Gallery Central (Northbridge) on Friday 26 July.

“Your personal backgrounds and stories combined with your study and career achievements have led to you becoming a North Metro TAFE ambassador,” said NMTAFE’s Managing Director Michelle Hoad.  “I am certain that your success and the experiences you’ve had along the way, will inspire and motivate others to follow in your footsteps.”

Representatives from Australian Clinical Labs, Brightwater Care Group, Callidus Welding Solutions, Diesel Gym, Fortescue Metals Group, UWA Sport and Wirrpanda Foundation attended the celebration event to support their employees who were recognised. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Angeneka Bin Rashid (Community Services)
Brooke Jackson (Youth Work)

Benita Brown
Benita.jpgWorking as a truck driver with Fortescue Metals Group, Benita recognised that the rise of automation meant she needed to increase her skills and branch out in her mining career. Completing the RII50115 Diploma of Surface Operations Management at our East Perth campus has helped her to achieve this.

Apprentice of the Year

Hannah Alexander (Jewellery)
Jarrad Turner (Electrotechnology)

Mohammad Arifin
Mohammad.jpgMohammad wanted to complete a trade to improve his career opportunities and provide a better future for his young family. After completing a pre-apprenticeship, he was hired to complete his fabrication apprenticeship with Callidus Welding Solutions and his MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy) at our Midland campus.

Cultural Diversity Training Award

Chanthou Pratt (General Education)

Mary Lamwaka
Mary.jpgAfter moving from South Sudan, Mary decided to study the HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Acute Care) at our Midland campus. Mary now works as an Assistant Nurse at hospitals across WA.

International Student of the Year


Christine Chua (Children’s Services)
Tham Hong Duong (Environmental Monitoring)


Dushica Poposki
ADushica.jpglready a qualified nurse in Macedonia, Dushica wanted to challenge herself so she moved to Perth to restart her career by studying the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. Dushica works for Brightwater Care Group assisting people with acquired brain injuries.

Trainee of the Year

Brooke Walker (Beauty Therapy)

Ben McGuire
Ben.jpgBen pursued his passion for sport by completing a traineeship in SIS30115 Certificate III in Sport and Recreation with UWA Sport and the support of Wirrpanda Foundation. As a player in the WAFL, Ben had to learn how to balance his work, study and personal life.

Trainer of the Year

Dallas Perry (Visual Art)
Declan Hearne (Solid Plastering)
Nathan McMurdo (Commercial Cookery)
Nik Sicanica (Remedial Massage)

Debbie Zulch
Debbie.jpgHealth lecturer Debbie, supports NMTAFE students to have diverse careers in the aged and disability care sectors – both of which are expected to be Australia’s highest growth employment industries over the next five years.

School-based Trainee of the Year

Drew Hedley (Sport & Recreation)

Mia Napier
Mia.jpgMia completed her 52824WA Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) (Wall and Floor Tiling Pre-Apprenticeship) and has now secured a tiling apprenticeship. Mia hopes to mentor other female tiling apprentices in the future.

Vocational Student of the Year

Cyrlene Burger (Aged Care)
Dave Walters (Photography)
Harne Hennessey (Screen & Media)
Josephine Edson (Tourism)
Marta Chin (Pathology)
Michelle Nastas (Mental Health)

Lauren Shields
Lauren.jpgAfter finishing up her career with the Army, Lauren had the opportunity to completely reassess her career direction. After much consideration, she decided to follow her passion for design by studying the CUA60315 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design at our Perth (Northbridge) campus.

Page last updated July 29, 2019