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TasTAFE rewards student excellence

TWENTY of TasTAFE’s leading students of 2016 have been recognised for their hard work and dedication in their respective fields of study at the learning provider’s annual Student Excellence Awards, held in Hobart in early March.

Now in its second year, the TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards reward the skills and attributes that graduates bring to Tasmania, recognising those students who have excelled both academically and personally in the workplace and community.

Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockcliffe said the awards highlighted the best and brightest of the state.

“I extend my congratulations to all the winners and finalists on their talent and dedication to their training,” he said.

“In particular, I would personally like to congratulate Jai North, winner of the Minister for Education and Training’s Award, as the overall TasTAFE Student of the Year, chosen from winners across 20 award categories.

“Jai is a 22-year-old north-west butcher and small business owner, completing a Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) at TasTAFE.

“The talent on display at these awards show a bright future ahead for the next generation of employees.”

Among the 20 students to be commended for their achievements were Hobart residents Arop Majok, David Lane and Samuel Yomataris.

Mr Majok received the Colony 47 Access and Equity Student of the Year Award for his studies to receive a Certificate III in Aged Care and Disability.

Arriving in Australia in 2006 from a refugee camp in Kenya, Mr Majok has been a member and leader of the Students Against Racism group since 2013 and has also represented Tasmania at the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network conference.

He now works as a disability support worker with Oak Tasmania.

Mr Lane, who holds a Certificate III in Guiding, was the recipient of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association Drysdale Tourism Hospitality and Cookery Award.

Following a long and successful career as an engineer, Mr Lane decided to seek a change and pursue a career as a tour guide.

He was awarded TasTAFE’s Certificate III in Guiding High Achievement Award for his outstanding results during the course.

Mr Lane has now secured positions with two tourism businesses – The Bruny Island Long Weekend and the Tasmanian Guide Agency.

Mr Yomataris received the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) Information and Technology Award following his studies to receive a Certificate IV in Information Technology.

Mr Yomataris’ studies provided him with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain temporary contract work as a deployment technician with Annitel.

He later went on to gain employment at CSC where he deployed workstations used by teams on the night shift service desk.

Mr Yomataris is now enrolled in the Certificate IV in IT Support, which is offered in collaboration with CSC as the host work placement.

For more information about the TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards or for the full list of winners for 2016, visit www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/studentexcellenceawards.

Caption: Hobart residents Samuel Yomataris, top, Arop Majok, bottom left, and David Lane have been recognised for their high academic achievements at the second annual TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards, held in early March. Photos credited to: Alastair Bett (F8 Photography).

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