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South Regional TAFE students across Great Southern awarded at gala night earlier this month

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South Regional TAFE electrical lecturer Peter Fleer presents Benjamin Kernaghan with his Great Southern apprentice of the year award.
Camera IconSouth Regional TAFE electrical lecturer Peter Fleer presents Benjamin Kernaghan with his Great Southern apprentice of the year award. Credit: South Regional TAFE

Great Southern TAFE students have been recognised at the recent South Regional TAFE awards ceremony.

The awards, held on March 10 at the Albany Entertainment Centre celebrated the highest achieving students TAFE students from across the region.

South Regional TAFE Director Training Services Great Southern Lee-Anne Smith with Ni Sriwati Albany Campus Trades, Commerce and Environmental Learning Area Student of the Year.
Camera IconSouth Regional TAFE Director Training Services Great Southern Lee-Anne Smith with Ni Sriwati Albany Campus Trades, Commerce and Environmental Learning Area Student of the Year. Credit: South Regional TAFE

Students from Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Katanning, Narrogin and Esperance attended the gala where certificates of excellence were awarded across learning areas, as well as major regional awards.

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Outstanding students were named overall winners in their categories, the highest achievements possible for South Regional TAFE students.

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Darshi Ganeson with Indah Soelistyawati South Regional TAFE Cultural Diversity Training Award winner.
Camera IconSouth Regional TAFE Managing Director Darshi Ganeson with Indah Soelistyawati South Regional TAFE Cultural Diversity Training Award winner. Credit: South Regional TAFE

Among the winners was Benjamin Kernaghan, who was awarded apprentice of the year Great Southern and best electrotechnology apprentice.

Mr Kernaghan, who completed his apprenticeship at ABA Security and Electrical, said he intended to continue studying and adding to his skill set.

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Darshi Ganeson with Sarah Stutley the South Regional TAFE Trainee of the Year.
Camera IconSouth Regional TAFE Managing Director Darshi Ganeson with Sarah Stutley the South Regional TAFE Trainee of the Year. Credit: South Regional TAFE

“It’s such a broad industry really, like you can go anywhere with it. . . it’s really good being able to have that option to jump between different things,” he said.

“It’s an amazing way to start off your career, especially if you’re not 100 per cent sure about what you want to do, at least if you do something like that you come through and you’ve got a really solid set of skills that you can apply for work and then in your life as well.”

Award sponsor Chris Robinson from Fletcher International WA with Holly McCleery Great Southern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.
Camera IconAward sponsor Chris Robinson from Fletcher International WA with Holly McCleery Great Southern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. Credit: South Regional TAFE

South Regional TAFE managing director Darshi Ganeson said all the students should be very proud of their achievements.

“Finalists were selected from thousands of students who completed a qualification, so being a TAFE award recipient is a huge accolade,” she said.

“It demonstrates to employers that these students have excellent skills and are dedicated to achieving outstanding results.”

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