Kyra Clayton, of Broadwater, is the winner of South Metropolitan TAFE’s (SM TAFE) Vocational Education and Training (VET) Secondary Student of the Year Award.
SM TAFE’s Student Awards recognise the achievements of students from across the college, including winners in the categories Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, International Student of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, and the Culturally Diverse Student of the Year Award.
Following her passion for events, Kyra completed her Certificate III in Events at Bentley Campus in year 12 as a boarding student at St Brigid’s College, Lesmurdie.
Through her studies at SM TAFE, Kyra embraced the opportunity to apply her new skills at “65 Roses Day” to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis WA and was on the organising committee for her school ball.
Since graduating from school in 2022, she has been managing and coordinating community events, including recently working as an event planner for the Festival of Busselton.
Ben Tan, SM TAFE Lecturer in Events Management, attributed Kyra’s success to her great enthusiasm and initiative in her studies.
“Kyra is a living ambassador to what TAFE training can do to help young people to advance their careers in their area of interest,” he said.
“She has applied all aspects of her course to her working life in the events industry and is even looking to further her studies, which is very encouraging to see as her lecturer.”
Taking the opportunity to further her events knowledge and experience, Kyra is currently working at Albies Bar in Busselton and assisting Southwest Events with event logistics. She has also enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Edith Cowan University.
SM TAFE offers courses across many industries to secondary school students at our own campuses and at selected secondary school locations. Choosing a VET pathway means you make school more interesting and relevant to you while kickstarting your career with recognised qualifications.