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Media Release - Students and teacher best in State

The TAFE New England community is eagerly anticipating the outcome of the State Training Awards which will be held in Sydney on Thursday evening. The Institute will be represented by their students, Courtney Harrison and Lubabalo Macikama, and teacher, Jane Chamberlain.

Courtney, who is employed by Dieselquip Inverell, is a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category after winning the category at the TAFE New England Student and Staff awards and Training Services NSW Regional Training Awards earlier this year.

Lubalbalo Macikama will receive the Phil Darby Memorial Award which recognises the barriers students overcome while undertaking their apprenticeship. Lubalbalo studied the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at the Tamworth campus whilst employed by the Safari Club Bar & Grill.

TAFE New England Head Teacher of Nursing Studies, Jane Chamberlain, is a finalist in the VET Trainer/Teacher of the year category.

TAFE New England Institute Director Peter Heilbuth said “This is a great example of how TAFE New England ensures quality outcomes for students and industry partners.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate Courtney and Jane who have strived to achieve such a high level of success” Mr Heilbuth added.

The Minister for Skills, Regional Development and Small Business, John Barilaro MP, will host the awards ceremony, which will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour.