CASSILIS student Tarnisha Winsor has taken out the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year award at the 2018 NSW Training Awards held last night.
Tarnisha was selected for the award after taking on a school-based traineeship in Business Services at Upper Hunter Shire Council as part of her HSC studies at Merriwa Central School.
Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen congratulated Tarnisha calling her an inspiration to any school student thinking about a Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathway after their HSC.
“Her council manager says Tarnisha’s skills have grown considerably as she gained confidence to the point where she was elected president of the Merriwa School Representative Council (SRC) and School Captain for 2018,” Mr Johnsen said.
“At work, the traineeship has led Tarnisha to take a higher profile in community functions including as organiser of council’s NAIDOC celebrations last year.”
Tarnisha said she took on the traineeship to learn new skills and improve her chances of getting a job after the HSC.
“I found it hard at first to juggle my school studies with the VET studies but it forced me to be more organised and plan ahead to complete the work as sometimes I just couldn’t attend the Business Services classes,” she said.
“The traineeship was also helpful as the things I was learning in the classroom I could put into practice at work which made the learning experience much more enjoyable and easier to understand.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro congratulated Tarnisha on her achievement in winning the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year award.
“I wish her all the best when she represents NSW at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney in November,” Mr Barilaro said.
The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by the NSW Department of Industry in recognition of outstanding achievements in VET.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year Award is sponsored by the NSW Skills Board.