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SM TAFE 2018 Student Awards

At an informal ceremony hosted at SM TAFE's Bentley Pines Training Restaurant on Monday 16 April, graduates from across the organisation were celebrated as part of the 2018 SM TAFE Student Awards.

The awards recognise the academic achievements of students across multiple categories, aligned to the WA State Training Awards. See those categories and their winners below.

DiegoMendonca.jpgApprentice of the Year

Winner: Diego Correa Mendonca
Graduate, Certificate III in Landscape Construction

Deigo qualified as an Engineer in Brazil before moving to Australia where he discovered a passion for all aspects of landscaping. Diego’s vision is to become a successful landscaper and eventually have apprentices in his business.

Image: Diego Mendonca (left) stands with his lecturer, Neil Marriott (right)





SusanJetta.jpgAboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Winner: Susan Jetta
Graduate, Certificate IV in Leadership and Mentoring

Before her course commenced, Susan spoke about how she thought she was too old to learn new skills and was worried that she wouldn’t be any good at it. However she is a tremendous example of initiative and excellence. She is making a difference in the lives of her community through awareness and education regarding diabetes and podiatry. 

Image: Susan Jetta (left) stands with her lecturer, Sharon Hebbard (right)





LindaThompson.jpgCultural Diversity Training Award

Winner: Linda Hannah Thompson
Graduate, Certificate IV in Mental Health

Linda arrived in Australia from Sierra Leone in 2013. She enrolled in AMEP to improve her English, then went to NSW to complete a Certificate III in Aged Care before returning to Perth to complete this Certificate IV. Her ambition is to do a Bachelor degree in Community Development. 






EstherOnek.jpgVocational Student of the Year

Winner: Esther Amito Onek
Graduate, Certificate II in Leadership

Esther is from a refugee family who fled war torn Africa. She spent many years in a refugee camp before coming to Australia. Esther’s aim in her course was to develop public speaking skills. She spoke publicly about her journey as a young refugee woman at the Perth Concert Hall in front of 3,000 people at TEDeX Perth 2017, an impressive achievement for someone who, according to her lecturer was loathe to speak in front of an audience. 






AngeleeFlaherty.jpgTrainee of the Year

Winner: Angelee Flaherty
Graduate, Diploma of Leadership and Management

Angelee had previously completed a Certificate IV in Business whilst employed. Realising an opportunity to develop into a management role within the business, Angelee successfully completed a traineeship in the Diploma and has applied the knowledge and skills to develop a comprehensive document management system for the business which has improved efficiency. 






PhattrapornSiriluk.jpgInternational Student of the Year

Winner: Phattraporn Siriluk
Graduate, Diploma of Nursing

Phattraporn successfully completed the Certificate IV in Preparation for nursing education in December 2014, which led her to completing this Diploma. Her lecturer says they have received lots of positive feedback from her clinical facilitators about her "can do attitude" and her willingness to learn new things. She plans to work as an enrolled nurse and continue tertiary studies. 






JoshSemper.jpgSchool Based Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Joshua James Semper
Graduate, Certificate II in Engineering

Josh will be representing WA at the National World Skills Competition in Sydney in Metals and Engineering. He also won an $800 Synergy Scholarship. Josh hopes to secure an apprenticeship by the end of the year and long term continue his tertiary studies in Engineering at University.

Page last updated April 16, 2018