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TasTAFE education manager recognised for ICT excellence

TASTAFE’S information technology education manager Kerryn Meredith-Sotiris has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to ICT training with a 2017 TasICT Award for Excellence.

Ms Meredith-Sotiris won the Outstanding Contribution for a Tasmanian Woman in Technology category at the awards, which were announced in Hobart in early June.

Having spent the last 12-years in educational leadership roles in ICT with TasTAFE, Ms Meredith-Sotiris places a firm focus on working closely with industry to deliver high quality training.

Ms Meredith-Sotiris said the award also belonged to her team of outstanding teachers.

“I honestly believe that this is a reflection of the incredible work my team does – they are absolutely committed and dedicated to supporting every student who wants an ICT career, whether they are male or female,” she said.

“I am extremely grateful to whoever nominated me for the award and to be able to stand beside people in our industry who are doing such incredible things is humbling.”

Ms Meredith-Sotiris said one of her passions was to encourage more young people, particularly women, to enter the industry.

“This is such an exciting time for our industry,” she said.

“There are so many diverse career opportunities from service delivery to cyber security, robotics and UX Design.

“It’s a really exciting and innovative area to be involved in and I’d encourage young women thinking about an ICT career to come and talk to us.”

Enrolments are now open for the next intake of TasTAFE’s Certificate IV in ICT Support, which begins on 24 July.

To find out more about this and other TasTAFE ICT courses, phone 1300 655 307 or visit www.tastafe.tas.edu.au.

Caption: TasTAFE IT education manager Kerryn Meredith-Sotiris, pictured centre, with from left, TasTAFE teacher Mike Schmalfuss, TasICT chief executive officer Will Kestin and TasTAFE teacher Anne Pennington.