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TNE Student's career takes off to United Kingdom

Excitement is building in the lead up to TAFE New England Automotive Electrical student Kane Girard’s departure for London on 16 July to participate in a two week leadership development course and work experience program in the United Kingdom. Girard was gold medal winner at the 2014 National WorldSkills completion and has recently completed his Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology at TAFE New England, in 2014.

Having won the gold medal in Perth last September, Girard was subsequently nominated for the Steve Hornery Award, which is offered through the TAFE NSW WorldSkills unit and the Hunter TAFE Foundation. He is also the recipient of one of 16 scholarships granted by the Big Brother Movement, to 16 WorldSkills gold medal winners.

The scholarship has afforded Girard the opportunity to travel to England to participate in a 2 week leadership program and 4 week work experience opportunity, which could potentially lead to an offer of employment.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to travel overseas and experience an opportunity like this. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity without the Big Brother Movement scholarship and the skills I have learned at TAFE” Girard said.

Girard has approached companies such as Red Bull Formula 1 Racing, Aston Martin and Jaguar to complete his work experience, but to date has not received a reply accepting his request. Girard added “The opportunity to work in high end workshops using state of the art equipment and tools would be invaluable to my career path. It would be great to bring the experience back to my employer in Moree”.