TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards

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TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards 2017

TasTAFE 2017 Achievement Award Winners

🏆The Minister for Education and Training’s TasTAFE Student of the Year 2016 – 🏅Jai North

🏆The Premier’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2016 – 🏅Cheryl Ransom

🏆Work and Training Apprentice of the Year 2016 – 🏅Jai North

🏆Colony 47 Access and Equity Student of the Year 2016 – 🏅Arop Majok

🏆TICT International Student of the Year 2016 🏅Barbara Pogelschek

🏆RACT Special Achievement Award 2016 – 🏅Deb Gyles

🏆TasTAFE Trainee of the Year 2016 – 🏅Shanelle Percy

TasTAFE 2017 Industry Achievement Award Winners

🏆Bell Bay Aluminium Metal Trades Award 2016 – 🏅Ben Wells

🏆TACC Automotive Award 2016 -🏅Bray Austin

🏆MEGT Business Administration and Management Award 2016 -🏅Natasha Mouat

🏆DHHS Community and Children’s Services Award 2016 -🏅Caress Jeffrey

🏆TBCITB Construction and Allied Trades Award 2016 – 🏅Damon Addison

🏆Mercury Walch Creative Industries Award 2016 – 🏅Natulka Wade

🏆THA Drysdale (Tourism, Hospitality and Cookery) Award 2016 – 🏅David Lane

🏆Hydro Tasmania Electrotechnology and Instrumentation Award 2016 – 🏅Andrew Riley

🏆Schwarzkopf Hair and Beauty Award 2016 – 🏅Kendall Shaw

🏆Classic Holidays and VSA Health, Aged Care and Disability Award 2016 – 🏅Sarah Kubank

🏆CSC Information and Communication Technology Award 2016 – 🏅Sam Yomataris

🏆AMCA Plumbing and Refrigeration Award 2016 – 🏅Luke Wakefield

🏆Primary Employers Tasmania Primary Industries and Science Award 2016 – 🏅Dean Hughes

🏆TasTAFE Vocational Preparation and English Language Services Award 2016 – 🏅Tahereh Fazeli

The 2016-2017 TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards are an opportunity for TasTAFE to recognise outstanding student achievement across a range of categories and industry areas.  The Awards highlight the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of students who have not only excelled academically but also personally, within the workplace and throughout the community.

The TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards aim also to raise the profile of vocational education and training in Tasmania and acknowledge the invaluable support of our business and industry partners and sponsors.

Our sponsors

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 new and returning sponsors – without your support, the TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards would not be possible!

Student Excellence Awards 2017 Sponsors

About Our Sponsors


The Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors’ Association of Tasmania (AMCA) represents and services the air conditioning and mechanical services industry.
No matter the size of the project, or complexity, there is an AMCA member who can complete the works to the requirements.

Bell Bay Aluminium

Located on the Tamar River at Bell Bay, Bell Bay Aluminium holds a unique place in Tasmanian and Australian history, becoming the first aluminium smelter in the southern hemisphere when it began production on 23 September, 1955. In its first year of operation, the smelter produced just 1200 tonnes of aluminium. Today the smelter annually produces 190,000 tonnes of primary aluminium of which 90% is exported, mainly to markets in Asia. The majority of metal produced is cast to customer requirements either as pure aluminium or aluminium alloys for value add downstream processing. Although more than 60 years old the smelter continues to play a key role in Tasmania’s economy and the development of the Bell Bay Industrial Precinct, providing a strong economic and industrial base for many industries and specialist contractors.

Colony 47

Vision: Create a fairer community and eliminate disadvantage.
Colony 47 is a not for profit community organisation, walking alongside people at risk of homelessness, people who have mental health issues, people who have experienced domestic violence, supporting them in solutions to help them on the road to recovery.

With a consumer led focus, Colony 47 helps 25,000 individuals and families every year to develop solutions and find support to build better lives and break the cycle of disadvantage.
Programs support people in Health & Wellbeing, Housing & Homelessness, and Employment and Education as Colony 47 creates opportunities for Tasmanians in need to improve their lives.
Colony 47 is proud to support the Access and Equity Student of the Year in the TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards as we recognise the barriers and value of education in Tasmania.


CSC leads clients on their digital transformation journey by leveraging our deep industry expertise, global scale, technology independence and extensive partner community. Our 66,000 employees worldwide serve more than 2,500 private and public sector organisations in over 60 countries. CSC’s acquisition of UXC Limited has created one of the largest IT services companies in the Australia-New Zealand region. Together we have formed a new and agile organisation that is well positioned to partner with you wherever you are on your digital transformation journey.

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services improves, promotes, protects and maintains the health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmanians through managing, planning, procuring and delivering high quality health and human services. This includes providing Ambulance Services, services for children, young people and families, housing and disability services and public health services.

Hydro Tasmania

For more than 100 years Hydro Tasmania has been a leader in the development of renewable energy. It is Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy and Australia’s largest water manager.


MEGT is proud to sponsor the 2017 TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards.

We are an Australian not-for-profit organisation that has been supporting employers, apprentices, trainees, job seekers and students for over 30 years.
We are committed to:

  • providing quality employment, training and education solutions that make a positive difference,
  • developing the skills and job opportunities of our local communities, and
  • celebrating their success along the way.

As Australia’s largest and only national Apprenticeship Network Provider, we are your local apprenticeship experts.

Mercury Walch

Mercury Walch is a proud Tasmanian printing company with a history dating back to the late 1800’s and currently employs over 50 full time Tasmanian employees.

Mercury Walch has always been a strong believer in training the youth of Tasmania through work experience programs, school visits and tours, traineeships and apprenticeships and has great pleasure in being a supporter and sponsor of this year’s TasTafe Student Excellence Awards

Primary Employers Tasmania (PET)

Primary Employers Tasmania (PET) is a not-for-profit employer organisation established exclusively for employers in Tasmania’s primary industry sector. It is the only such organisation in Tasmania with over 66 years specialist workplace relations and training experience with a Committee of Management consisting of hands-on farmer-employers.

PET has a long valued relationship with TasTAFE in respect of education and training for Tasmania’s rural industries.


RACT represents the interests of Tasmanian motorists.  Today, as the State’s peak motoring organisation, RACT provides a wide range of motoring services, insurance, travel products and tourism such as; Freycinet Lodge, Cradle Mountain Hotel, Strahan Village, Gordon River Cruises and the Hobart Apartment Hotel as well as exclusive member benefits. With a vision to enhance life in Tasmania, RACT plays a significant role within the Tasmanian community.  We are an organisation created by Tasmanians to service and support Tasmanians. We’re here for the long haul and we’re here to help.

Schwarzkopf Professional

Celebrating 120 years Schwarzkopf Professional is a Global leader when it comes to Haircare. Still at the forefront of innovation, education and technology Schwarzkopf Professional supports over 125 countries worldwide. In their words “Hairdressers are at the heart of everything we do, we measure our success by the success of our Hairdressers”.

TACC Auto Apprenticeships

TACC Auto Apprenticeships – the experts in Automotive Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
TACC currently employs over 75 apprentices and trainees working within the automotive industry across Tasmania. Since our beginning in 2000 over 400 apprentices have qualified through the scheme.
TACC Auto Apprenticeships provides a smooth pathway for individuals opting to enter the automotive workforce. We recruit the best candidates and then place them with suitable host employers. We make a commitment to ensure the security of continuing employment by providing trade qualified Field Managers to monitor performance, mentor and provide support throughout their training period. This contributes to a 95% completion rate, well above the industry average.


The TBCITB has the roles of managing the construction industry’s training lev, being principal adviser to the Minister on workforce development matters and of promoting training and the training pathways. As the apprenticeship pathway is the most important of these the Board is pleased to be involved in recognising excellence.


The Tasmanian Hospitality Association is the peak industry body for hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs in Tasmania.
The THA is a proactive body which seeks at all times to advocate for the hospitality sector, and ensure Tasmania has a viable and profitable hospitality industry both now and into the future.
Informed by direct industry contact and member representation, the THA actively seeks to engage all levels of government to lobby on behalf of the sector and play a lead role in the formation on industry-relevant policies.
The THA represents members which make up Tasmania’s third largest industry, and is at the cutting edge of promoting Tasmania’s quality food and beverage experiences to visitors and locals alike.


Tourism Industry Council Tasmania (TICT) is the peak body that represents and acts for the Tasmanian tourism industry. The Council is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the value of tourism and advocates policy on behalf of the industry. The mission of TICT is to provide a strategic direction and united voice for the sustainable development and growth of the Tasmanian tourism industry. TICT deliver Tourism Accreditation, the Tasmanian Tourism Awards, the Tasmanian Tourism Conference, and Industry Networking events to the Tasmanian tourism industry.

Volunteering Services Australia

Volunteering Services Australia is an initiative of Volunteering Gold Coast, the largest volunteer resource centre in Australia, and one of the top three community transport operators in the country. With a national focus on strengthening community networks and service delivery, Volunteering Services Australia aims to develop and connect the community by achieving excellence in volunteering, and business and community development for the mutual benefit of the individual and the wider community. With outreaches in Tasmania, West Moreton and the Gold Coast, Volunteering Services Australia offers training, recruitment, referral and support to further the impact of volunteering within our communities.

Classic Holidays

Classic Holidays is Australasia’s largest Resort and Club Management Company, with over 65,000 member families and more than 30 properties under management across Australia and New Zealand. Classic Holidays provides flexible and affordable membership options for families to enjoy the highest quality holidays throughout Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Part of the award-winning Beneficium group of companies, Classic Holidays has been named Best Management Company for six consecutive years in the global timeshare industry’s prestigious Perspective Magazine Awards, as well as Best Overall Company in 2017.

Work & Training

Work & Training are the largest employer of apprentices and trainees in Tasmania and have employed apprentices in the traditional trades for 28 years. All have been trained by TasTAFE.
The staff of the two companies work closely together to train and mentor our young people and give them the opportunity to succeed in life.


Please contact us at events@tastafe.tas.edu.au if you have any questions about the Student Excellence Awards program.