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Picture: TAFE NSW student Rhonda Sampson
Rhonda Sampson has been announced as the winner of the Southern and South Western Sydney Training Awards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year at the prestigious Training Services NSW virtual event today
The TAFE NSW student, who operates her own graphic design business and studied a Diploma of Graphic design, was one of five winners of the awards announced via Facebook live.
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Michael Cullen, said the strong showing by TAFE NSW finalists for the six award categories was testament to their commitment to excellence in their chosen field.
“The exceptional result in these prestigious awards is a reflection of the quality, hands-on training TAFE NSW provides students to help them reach their career ambitions and ensure we have a skilled and capable workforce of the future,” Mr Cullen said.
“I have no doubt Rhonda will go on to be a great ambassador for TAFE NSW and the design industry.”
Rhonda said she was thrilled to receive the award and be recognised for her hard work. She has completed designs for Aboriginal community groups, not-for-profits and local councils, said winning the award was one of her proudest achievements to date.
“As an Aboriginal graphic designer, I strive to embody my culture in the work I produce and to be recognised for my commitment to the Aboriginal community is so special to me.
“I’m a big ambassador for the positive transformation TAFE NSW can have in people’s lives and career and am thankful for the hands-on skills I learnt in my diploma that helped me kickstart my future,” Rhonda said.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, said that he was delighted that so many of the award winners were from TAFE NSW and that the strong results at this year’s awards we are clear demonstration of the high-quality education and training provided by Australia’s largest training provider.
“TAFE NSW plays a critical role in shaping the careers of people across a range of important industries that are critical to the economy.
“Rhonda is testament to the depth of talent and exciting career opportunities on offer through vocational education and training pathways.
The NSW Training Awards celebrate the excellence of apprentices, trainees and students undertaking vocational education and training.
The winners from the Southern and South Western Sydney Training Awards will be interviewed and considered for the NSW Training Awards which will are planned to be held in Sydney later this year.
Media Contact: Jessica Cortis, Media and Communications Business Partner, TAFE NSW, 0456 170 211.