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Individual Awards

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award

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Angelina Odevilas

Certificate III Data and Voice Communications
Trained by Apex communications
Employed by ATEC

A former factory worker at Holden, Angelina Odevilas knew she was on limited time before she lost her job. Through study and hard work, she was able to secure an adult apprenticeship and is now a fourth-year data and voice apprentice with ATEC Group Training. Angelina’s goals for the future are to buy her first home and do some travelling.

 

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Jye Thomson

Certificate II in Electrotechnology
Trained and Employed by MTC Training

Jye Thomson is an Aboriginal student from the Kamilaroi people, who come from the area that extends from northern New South Wales to the south west of Queensland. Jye has had a lifelong interest in electrical circuits and how they work, which led him to study a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) at Marcellin Technical College.

 

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Kaitlin Purcell

Certificate III in Business
Trained by Maxima
Employed by WorkPac

Kaitlin Purcell is a proud Indigenous Australian who is studying a Certificate III in Business and is employed by WorkPac. Outside of work, Kaitlin is passionate about football, a sport that wasn’t readily accessible to girls when she was growing up. She is happy that the new, nationally-recognised Women’s AFL provides a structured pathway for women and girls to follow their dreams of becoming AFL player. Through her involvement in football, Kaitlin aspires to be a positive influence and a mentor to help make young girls’ dreams become reality.

 

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Veronica Presley

Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by GM Holden

Veronica Presley began her career at GM Holden as a mechanical engineering apprentice, but made the decision to restart her training and change vocations to become an electrical apprentice in a licenced trade. Outside of work Veronica is an active member of her local CFS and enjoys coaching and encouraging the cadets. As an Aboriginal apprentice, Veronica is committed to helping and encouraging other Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to pursue their career dreams through training and education.

 

 

Apprentice of the Year Award

Sponsored by Apprenticeship Support

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Jakeb Solley

Certificate III Electrotechnology – Electrician
Trained by PEER VEET
Employed by Adelaide Health Tech

Jakeb Solley is passionate about his career, which led to him winning the 2017 NECA National Apprentice of the Year Award for Electrotechnology in Communications. Jakeb works in the unique area of medical electrotechnology and enjoys the opportunity to provide elite and optimal solutions to the electrical industry. He has a constant appetite to learn more about his industry and the new technological developments within it.

 

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Laura Pivovaroff

Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Wishart Jewellers

Laura Pivovaroff works at Wishart Jewellers after completing an apprenticeship as a manufacturing jeweller. Inspired by her love for the jewellery industry, she has since expanded her knowledge by completing a Diploma in Gemology and became a national award winner. Through her work experience, she has found her perfect balance of creative and tactile skills through jewellery manufacture. Laura credits her apprenticeship with helping her to secure her career, and she plans to explore as many facets of the jewellery industry as she can, and to produce high quality jewellery to be cherished for generations to come.

 

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Troy Haynes

Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician
Trained by ATEC
Employed by GM Holden

Troy Haynes completed the first year of his trade as an apprentice fitter before he was offered an apprenticeship in electrotechnology. When he has finished his apprenticeship, Troy aims to secure a job as an electrician where he can further expand his knowledge and experience. Troy’s family have inspired him to do all he can to ensure they have what they need to pursue a good education and fulfilling careers.

 

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Walat Shergo

Certificate III Electrotechnology – Electrician
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Lai Switchboards
Group Training Organisation: AIG ATC

Walat Shergo is a Kurdish person who came to Australia from Syria. He is currently completing an apprenticeship in electrical while also studying a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management and an Advanced Diploma in Electrical Engineering at TAFE SA. Walat is passionate about his work and driven to further his education and improve his skills. Walat has a strong ambition is to become a successful leader both in his field and his community, and he is determined to work hard to achieve his goals.

 

 

School-based Apprentice of the Year Award

Sponsored by DECD - Trade School for the Future

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Ellie Jones

Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care
Attends Keith Area School
Trained by Limestone Coast Training

Employed by Keith War Memorial Community Kindergarten and Childcare Centre

Ellie Jones is completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care at the Keith War Memorial Community Kindergarten and Childcare Centre while she completes her year 12 education at Keith Area School. Ellie has always had a passion and desire to work with children and is grateful for the experience her school-based apprenticeship has provided her with. After completing year 12, Ellie plans to take a gap year and then go on to complete a degree in early childhood teaching at university.

 

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Madison ter Bogt

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Attends St Patrick’s Technical College
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Salty Pork Fino Seppeltsfield Pty Ltd

Madison ter Bogt is undertaking a school-based apprenticeship as a chef at Fino Seppeltsfield while studying year 12 at St Patrick's Technical College. While she hadn’t originally imagined herself becoming a chef, a mix of her past experiences, desire to travel and love for food triggered the idea to pursue this path. Madison is grateful for the opportunity to begin her career while completing her schooling, and she is excited to travel and work at the same time once she has finished her apprenticeship.

 

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Max Miegel

Certificate III in Agriculture
Attends Urrbrae Agricultural High School
Trained by Regional Skills Training
Employed by IL & JA Mueller

At 17 years old, Max Miegel is living his dream to pursue what he loves and follow an agricultural pathway. He attends Urrbrae Agricultural High School and is completing an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship in Agriculture while working on a dairy farm. Max enjoys hands-on learning and is grateful for the career opportunities his apprenticeship has provided him with. He has a driving passion for farming, and plans to continue his learning and eventually start his own farm.

 

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Phoebe Brice

Certificate III in Individual Client Support
Attends Gladstone High School
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Country Health South Australia

Phoebe Brice works for the Laura and District hospital and is completing a Certificate III in Individual Client Support as an Australian School-Based Apprentice. Phoebe’s apprenticeship has given her valuable experience in the medical field where she eventually aspires to work. Despite problems in the family home making her apprenticeship commitments difficult, Phoebe was determined to continue, and credits her mother as being her major inspiration. Phoebe plans to pursue a medical career as a doctor after attending university in 2018, specialising in paediatric oncology.

 

 

Trainee of the Year Award

Sponsored by NewsCorp

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Justine Mules

Certificate lll in Civil Construction Plant Operations
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Adelaide City Council
Group Training Organisation: Maxima

Justine Mules began her career on a university pathway, but then decided a traineeship was a better way to get into the construction trade. She has now completed her traineeship and secured a job with the Adelaide City Council. Justine’s passion outside of work is sport and AFL, and she was part of the inaugural champion Adelaide Crows women’s team. Justine considers herself a pioneer for a structured pathway for females to follow their dreams of becoming an AFL player. Through her studies, work with Adelaide City Council and involvement in football, she aspires to be a positive influence and a mentor to help other young people’s dreams become reality.

 

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Nikita Isaacson

Certificate lll in Business and Administration
Trained by Career Employment Group
Employed by The Whyalla City Council

Nikita Isaacson credits her colleagues and managers at the Whyalla City Council for influencing and inspiring her to succeed. Nikita believes that anything is achievable if she works hard, and she has put her full attention and dedication into completing her traineeship and getting as much out of it as possible. She feels that becoming a finalist for this award is in part a product of her colleagues’ guidance and support as well as her own determination.

 

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Sandy Beaton

Certificate lll in Business Administration
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Rural City of Murray Bridge
Group Training Organisation: Murraylands Training & Employment Association of SA Inc.

Sandy Beaton has completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and is now undertaking her Certificate IV. During her traineeship with the Rural City of Murray Bridge, Sandy has demonstrated exceptional organisational and communication skills while working across a variety of departments, with a focus on volunteer management. Sandy plans to go on to study at university and pursue a career in business. Having experienced mental health issues and living independently since she was 16, Sandy hopes to be a positive role model for other young people facing mental health issues.

 

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Tyke Staude

Certificate III in Agriculture
Trained by MAS National
Employed by KD & KM Staude
Group Training Organisation  River Murray Training

While Tyke Staude currently works on his family’s farm, he believes that his experience studying a Certificate III in Agriculture has extended his skills and knowledge and better prepared him for a career in the industry. Through his study in automotive and agriculture he became the South East School-Based Trainee of the Year in 2016, which has increased his confidence as a trainee. Tyke plans to continue on to further tertiary education.

 

 

 

Vocational Student of the Year Award

Sponsored by MEGT

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Erica Austria

Certificate III in Business
Trained by MADEC

Erica Austria has always aspired to make changes in the world, no matter how infinitesimal. She has completed a Certificate III in Business and is currently studying Year 12 with the aim to pursue her lifelong ambitions in the field of law. With the practical and transferrable skills she has accumulated through her study, combined with her tenacity, determination and motivation, Erica has a bright future ahead of her.

 

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Rachelle Boyle

Advanced Diploma of Event Management
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by All Occasions Group

Rachelle Boyle has harnessed her creativity and organisational skills to pursue a career in event management. Rachelle's studies at TAFE SA took her to Melbourne to represent the state at AIME with the Convention Bureau. She was involved in managing a runway event for Adelaide Fashion Week and has interned for a number of organisations. Rachelle is employed by All Occasions Group and juggles work with study as she completes an Advanced Diploma of Event Management at TAFE SA.

 

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Ruby Balmer

Diploma of Events
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Glenelg Pier Hotel

While Ruby Balmer began her career in baking, her organisational skills and enthusiasm for people led her to the event management arena. While completing a Diploma of Events, Ruby volunteered extensively on a variety of events ranging from charities to conferences, and won a number of awards along the way. Thanks to her enthusiasm and drive, Ruby has now secured her first job as Sales and Events Manager at Glenelg Pier Hotel.

 

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Suzanne Ladner

Diploma of Counselling
Trained by Australian Institute of Social Relations
Employed by Relationships Australia South Australia

Suzanne Ladner was in her 50s when she found herself needing to start a new life, gain qualifications and re-enter the workforce. Since 2013 Suzanne has gained five nationally-recognised qualifications from the Australian Institute of Social Relations, which has helped her on her pathway to achieving her dream to become a counsellor. These qualifications have given Suzanne the foundation to empower clients through education, collaboration, empathy and acceptance. She has now started her own counselling practice, ‘Peace of Mind Counselling’.

 

 

VET Trainer or Teacher of the Year Award

Sponsored by Adelaide Casino

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Jesse House

Employed by TAFE SA

Jesse House has been a qualified chef for 20 years and a vocational trainer for nine years. During his hospitality career he’s worked in some of the best restaurants in Melbourne and Adelaide, including Windy Point, the Middle Brighton Baths and the Salopian Inn. Jesse’s career in the vocational sector has seen him work as an apprentice consultant, operations manager of the HGT Skills Centre and a commercial cookery lecturer, delivering a range of programs from youth unemployment to disability programs and apprentice training. He is now lecturing within the correctional services sector.

 

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Michael Jenkinson

Employed by Christies Beach High School

Michael Jenkinson’s lifelong love of nature and his passion for the environment and conservation issues led him to a career in education. He manages the science laboratories and runs a VET course in conservation and land management at Christies Beach High School. Michael is thrilled to be able to combine his twin passions for nature and education into a fulfilling career, and is committed to guiding the next generation to do their bit to save the planet.

 

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Nicole Cunningham

Employed by TAFE SA

Nicole Cunningham is a passionate educator living and working in the far north-west of South Australia in the remote Pipalyatjara Indigenous community. While she has a substantive position working in tourism with TAFE SA, this opportunity has given her the chance to spread her wings and pursue her passion for sharing her skills and knowledge in a challenging but rewarding role. Nicole has risen to this challenge, embracing the community and the Anangu people, and providing her students with a new respect and understanding of learning.

 

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Sivasankar (Shan) Pasupathy

Employed by TAFE SA

Shan Pasupathy is a senior lecturer and coordinator for online studies and regional delivery in financial services at TAFE SA. Shan has developed customised training courses, new training methodologies, mobile classroom strategies and learning support mechanisms that have been used across regional South Australia. More than 1200 regional community residents have participated in training in 36 locations with a 95 per cent completion rate. Shan has also created an online automated self-assessment tool, which has been used by more than 900 students, and an online supervised assessment system, which enabled 912 regional students to complete their assessment requirements without needing to travel to a TAFE SA campus.

 

 

Organisation Awards

Industry Collaboration Award

  • Name of Collaboration: Murraylands Food Alliance (MFA) Jobs 4 Murraylands
    Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland Inc
    (Murraylands Food Alliance)

  • Name of Collaboration: Kicking Goals for Hospitality
    Quality Training and Hospitality College
    (Adelaide Oval SMA Ltd)

  • Name of Collaboration: Remote Indigenous workforce development - a collaborative approach, Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation (RASAC) and TAFE SA
    TAFE SA
    (Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation (RASAC) - Employer)

  • Name of Collaboration: STEP (Structured Training and Employment Project)
    Time Education & Training
    (Broadspectum / Light City Buses, MAX Employment, Workskil Australia)

 

Small Training Provider of the Year

Sponsored by MAS National

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  • Flight Training Adelaide

  • MTC Training

  • Quality Training & Hospitality College

 

Large Training Provider of the Year

Sponsored by MAS National

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  • TAFE SA

  • Time Education & Training

 

Medium Employer of the Year

Sponsored by TAFE SA

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  • AJ and PA McBride Ltd

  • Clarke Energy Australia Pty Ltd

  • Barry Maney Group

 

Large Employer of the Year

Sponsored by TAFE SA

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  • Kentucky Fried Chicken Pty Ltd (KFC)

  • McDonalds Australia

  • Treasury Wine Estates – Bilyara Packaging Centre