TAFE NSW National Environment Centre student Gustavo Martins has been
honoured for his academic achievement and positive work ethic at the
prestigious 2019 TAFE NSW Excellence Awards in Albury today.
Mr Martins, who completed a Certificate IV in Permaculture at TAFE
NSW National Environment Centre (NEC) in 2018, was announced as
International Student of the Year and Agribusiness Student of the Year
at the gala awards ceremony at Albury’s Hovell Tree Inn.
The awards recognise the pinnacle of achievement for TAFE NSW
students across 29 campuses in Southern NSW.
Mr Martins, one of a host of overseas students studying permaculture
at the campus, has worked with tribes in the Brazilian Amazon for a
decade and has enrolled in the course to learn new techniques to make
their homes more sustainable.
The NEC is the nation’s leading accredited training provider for
permaculture, a system of agricultural and social design principles
centred around simulating the patterns of nature.
An ecstatic Mr Martins said he would use the award as a platform to
educate more people about permaculture.
“I really believe in permaculture and hopefully these awards help
open more doors,” he said.
“If it helps promote the importance of permaculture, then I’m very happy.”
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kerry Penton commended the winners
for setting a benchmark in their chosen areas of study and helping
inspire other students to follow suit.
“These awards recognise our most passionate, industrious and skilful
students, and the fact teachers are the ones who nominate the students
makes it even more special,” Ms Penton said.
“I have no doubt these students will go on to forge highly successful
careers and will be wonderful ambassadors for TAFE NSW.”
Ms Penton said the awards exemplified TAFE NSW’s commitment to
training the workforce leaders of tomorrow.
“TAFE NSW is proud to equip students with practical skills and work
experience so they’re ready to hit the ground running in their chosen field.
“The fact is, TAFE NSW graduates earn higher wages, on average, than
university graduates when they enter the workforce. They also have a
higher employment rate than university graduates, with 82 per cent of
TAFE NSW graduates gaining employment after training.
“TAFE NSW is Australia’s largest education provider and has the
greatest range of courses to support any career.”
2019 TAFE NSW Excellence Awards Honour Roll:
* Student of the Year: Philip Freeland
* Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Students of the Year: Nicole Smith
* Apprentice of the Year: Renee Jones
* International Student of the Year: Gustavo Martins
* Trainee of the Year: Taylor Piper
* Agribusiness Student of the Year: Gustavo Martins
* Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability Skills
Student of the Year: Philip Freeland
* Health, Wellbeing and Community Services Student of the Year:
* Infrastructure, Energy and Construction Student of the Year: Emma Tyrrell
* Innovative Manufacturing, Robotics and Science Student of the
Year: Emma Godsell
* Supply Chain and eCommerce Student of the Year: Luke Baker
* Technology and Business Services Student of the Year: Louise Carroll
* Tourism and Experience Services Student of the Year: Renee Jones
Media contact: Daniel Johns, TAFE NSW Media and Communications
– Business Partner, 6938 1441, mobile 0477 722 428.