TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards

2015-2016 TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards

SEA groupThe TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards highlight student achievement across a range of categories and industry areas and raise the profile of vocational education and training in Tasmania. The awards recognise students who have not only excelled academically but also personally, within the workplace and throughout the community.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners in the 2015-2016 TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards.


The Premier’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year – Jarrod Edwards

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Apprentice of the Year – Drew Charlton

Colony 47 Access and Equity Student of the Year – Somayeh Kouhestani

Tourism Industry Council Tasmania International Student of the Year – Surendra Khatri

RACT Special Achievement Student of the Year – Crystal Venus

Work and Training Trainee of the Year – Erin Rae Cooke



MEGT Business Administration and Management Award – Rhiannon Slater

The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board Construction and Allied Trades Award – Jayden Wylie

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Creative Industries, Hair and Beauty Award – Jacqui Moyle

Tasmanian Hospitality Association Drysdale Award – Bobby Byrne

Hydro Tasmania Electrical, Refrigeration and Instrumentation & Mining Award – Sam Kelly

Department of Health and Human Services Health, Aged Care and Disability Services Award – Carla Willcox

Optus and Cisco Information and Communication Technology Award – James Blyth Burleigh

TasTAFE Metal Trades and Automotive Award – Matthew McAlister

Primary Employers Tasmania Primary Industries and Science Award – Melissa Gard

TASCOSS Vocational Preparation and English Language Services Award – Wendy Holmes

The Minister for Education and Training’s TasTAFE Student of the Year Award – Crystal Venus




The generosity of our sponsors demonstrates the high regard business and industry have for TasTAFE students and the contribution they make as high performing employees in the Tasmanian workforce.

A sincere thank you to all our sponsors – without your support, the TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards would not have been possible.