TasTAFE’s Information Technology Education Manager has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to ICT training with a 2017 TasICT Award for Excellence.
Kerryn Meredith-Sotiris (pictured centre with TasTAFE teacher Mike Schmalfuss, TasICT CEO, Will Kestin and TasTAFE teacher Anne Pennington) won the Outstanding Contribution for a Tasmanian Woman in Technology category at the awards, announced in Hobart on Friday 2 June.
Kerryn has spent the last 12 years in educational leadership roles in ICT with TasTAFE, with a firm focus on working closely with industry to deliver high quality training. She says the award also belongs to her team of outstanding teachers.
“I honestly believe that this is a reflection of the incredible work my team does. They are absolutely committed and dedicated to supporting every student who wants an ICT career whether they are male or female.”
Kerryn says support from industry has also been vital in giving students training that is relevant, practical and leads to strong employment outcomes.
“We’ve had incredible support from industry beyond anything you’d possibly expect.”
One of the real success stories for TasTAFE’s ICT training has been the Certificate IV in ICT support jointly developed as a partnership between TasTAFE and ICT solutions company DXC Technology. As well as providing traditional technical IT skills, the course has a strong focus on customer service and includes a four-month work placement for students in DXC’s Hobart-based Service Desk Centre for Excellence.
TasTAFE and DXC Technology collaborated on all aspects of the Certificate IV in IT support course from what is taught to rostering and how students are supported. Many students who complete the course have gone on to be employed by DXC Technology.
Kerryn said TasICT had also been incredibly supportive and had provided TasTAFE students with practical experience through the IT’s Your Career program.
She said one of her passions was to encourage more young people, particularly women, into the industry.
“This is such an exciting time for our industry. There are so many diverse career opportunities from service delivery to cyber security, robotics and UX Design. It’s a really exciting and innovative area to be involved in.
“I’d encourage young women thinking about an ICT career to come and talk to us.”
Kerryn said she was extremely grateful to whoever had nominated her for the award.
“There were some amazing individuals and businesses honoured at the awards. To be able to stand beside people in our industry who are doing such incredible things is humbling and our students could be next on the list.”
Enrolments are now open for the next intake of TasTAFE’s Certificate IV in ICT Support which begins on 24 July. To find out more about this and other TasTAFE ICT courses phone: 1300 655 307 or come along to an information session during TasTAFE’s Info Week from 26-30 June. Visit www.tastafe.tas.edu.au and click on the Info Week link for session details.
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