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 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 Rockcliff 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 shows a bright future ahead for the next generation of employees.”

Among the 20 students to be commended for their achievements was Moonah resident Tahereh Fazeli, who took out the TasTAFE Vocational Preparation and English Language Services Award.

Ms Fazeli has experienced major upheaval in her life, having to seek asylum and resettle in a new country.

During her studies to receive a Certificate III in Employment and Training, she demonstrated outstanding research skills and academic writing.

Ms Fazeli also volunteers her time assisting asylum seekers and refugees at CatholicCare’s drop-in program.

She is a member of the award-winning Students Against Racism group and was also a participant in the Women’s Business fashion shows, which assist in educating and removing perceived cultural barriers.

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: Twenty of TasTAFE’s 2016 graduates have been recognised for their high academic achievements at the second annual TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards, held in early March. Photo credit: Alastair Bett.

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