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TasTAFE-trained cookery apprentice, Harry Cuthbertson (pictured), was one of five TasTAFE-trained students to win awards at the Tasmanian Training Awards on September 7.

Harry did his apprenticeship at The Chapel in Burnie and undertook a  Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at Drysdale Devonport. As pastor of a local church, Harry hopes to bring his two careers together and would like to create a teaching kitchen at Wynyard that includes a restaurant and community garden to teach people life skills.

TasTAFE  won seven awards in total on the night, including the VET Teacher of the Year and Industry Collaboration categories (with DXC Technology Australia).

TasTAFE CEO, Jenny Dodd, said: “Our training has the ability to change people’s lives and all of the staff at TasTAFE play a part in that. It was fantastic to see our training recognised across so many different categories at the awards from Apprentice of the Year to equity awards and industry collaboration – it really highlights the breadth of what we do as the public training provider.”

TasTAFE Young Migrant Education Program (YMEP) teacher, Gini Ennals, was named VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year at the awards. The YMEP program, established in 2011, works with around 100 students every year and gives students the foundation skills they need to continue studying and settle in Australia successfully. Gini was one of the teachers who recognised the need for this program and worked to establish it.

Gini says: “Being a foundations skills teacher I see people get a handle on reading, writing, numeracy and learning English. It is a thrill for me, but of course it is crucial for many of our students. They see the world opening up, suddenly new opportunities seem possible and the opportunities in VET are many.”

TasTAFE and global ICT solutions company DXC Technology Australia won the Industry Collaboration Award.The two organisations worked together to develop a unique work placement program for TasTAFE’s Certificate IV ICT students. While studying at TasTAFE, students complete a six-month work placement at DXC’s service desk Centre of Excellence in Hobart, giving them hands on skills as well as teaching them about DXC’s service culture.

Ms Dodd said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists, along with their wonderful teachers and all of the TasTAFE staff who have played a part in this success.”

The Tasmanian Training Awards celebrate excellence in vocational education and training and recognise the achievements of individuals, employers and training providers.


Apprentice of the Year: Harry Cuthbertson – Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

Training provider: TasTAFE

Employer: The Chapel, Burnie.

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year: Gini Ennals – TasTAFE teacher, Young Migrant Education Program.

Vocational Student of the Year: Cassandra Brown – Diploma of Accounting.

Training Provider: TasTAFE

Employer: The Tax Centre, Devonport.

Equity Vocational Student of the Year: Nyang Kon – Certificates I, II and III in Spoken and Written English and Certificate III in Employment and Training.

Training provider: TasTAFE.

School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year: Bronte Richardson (Hellyer College) – Certificate III in Engineering-Technical.

Training Provider: TasTAFE

Employer: Direct Edge Manufacturing

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year: Lydia Scotney (Diploma of Nursing)

Training Provider: TasTAFE

Employer: OneCare (Bishop Davis Court, Kingston).

Industry Collaboration Award: TasTAFE/ DXC Pathways Program

Partners: TasTAFE and DXC Technology Australia.

TasTAFE enjoys success at Tasmanian Training Awards