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SM TAFE wins major award at WA Training Awards

We are excited to announce South Metropolitan TAFE has been named WA Large Provider of the Year at the 2022 WA Training Awards.  

The event held on Wednesday 21 September at Crown Perth, recognises the achievements and outstanding work by organisations and students in vocational education and training.

Congratulations also to our students award winners for their outstanding efforts:

Feng Yang, WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2022

A birthday wish from Feng's daughter for better lunches to take to school changed Feng's life, and began his journey into a new and exciting career. After moving to Australia from China and wanting to make his daughter proud while learning more about nutrition, Feng enrolled in a SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at South Metropolitan TAFE.

Aside from mastering different cuisines, Feng's communication skills have improved, his daughter's lunch box is the most popular at school and Feng is working towards his goal of becoming a chef.

Yu-Chien Cho (Eva), WA International Student of the Year 2022

It was the interactive learning environment in the training restaurant at South Metropolitan TAFE that captured Eva's attention and cemented her decision to study a SIT50422 Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Eva's career pathway started in Taiwan, but since moving to Perth, she has completed a Diploma and is now studying towards the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Eva says her oral and written communication skills have improved immensely and she has gained an appreciation of working with students from other cultures.

Brittany-Leigh Wragg, WA Trainee of the Year 2022

Being one of the first students to study a 52864WA Certificate III in Defence Industry Pathways Program, Brittany cites the unwavering support from the team at South Metropolitan TAFE and Programmed Training Services that helped her feel confident about her chosen career pathway in a male-dominated industry.

Brittany-Leigh has sampled different job roles while undertaking work placement rotations and gained real-life experience, all while building up a network of industry contacts. She has recently graduated from the program and secured a fitting machinist apprenticeship with defence industry employer Hofmann Engineering.

Megan Hazelden, WA Apprentice of the Year 2022

Growing up on a farm watching her parents work on machinery, Megan knew she wanted to become a mechanic. Now completing a MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering, she is well on her way to reaching her goal of becoming a Mechanical Fitter at Wagerup Refinery.

Throughout her apprenticeship, Megan has had the opportunity to represent women in the industry, presenting at schools and student career nights about career opportunities. Winning South Metropolitan TAFE's Apprentice of the Year 2021 gave her the confidence to encourage women to apply for an apprenticeship in mechanical fitting.

See Ministerial media statement for more details.