TAFE NSW Nowra student Philip Freeland has been honoured for his
academic achievement and positive work ethic at the prestigious TAFE
NSW Excellence Awards in Albury Thursday.
Mr Freeland, who completed Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation at
TAFE NSW Nowra in 2018, was announced the winner of two awards; Career
Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability Skills Student of the
Year, as well as TAFE NSW 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.
An ecstatic Mr Freeland said the award was the culmination of hard
work, and a decision to change direction in his life.
“This award validates my decision to change careers and go into
teaching. It also validates the effort I put in to get university
entry this time around. The award is a reward in reflection of my
effort,” Mr Freeland said.
“My HSC results could be described as mediocre at best, so I am very
proud that I have overturned that result with my efforts this year in
the TAFE NSW TPC and gained entry into university.
“My personal knowledge and skills have grown tremendously over the
year; my initial expectations were well-exceeded, and my goals for the
year were more than achieved. I feel well-prepared to study teaching
The TAFE NSW Excellence Awards come on the back of a successful
graduation in December where Mr Freeland received the Lions Club of
Nowra TAFE NSW Nowra Top Academic Student award; the UOW Shoalhaven
Excellence in Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation award; and the
Evelyn Award for Top Student in Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation.
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 skillful
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,” Ms Penton said.
“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: Adam Wright, TAFE NSW Media Officer, 4421 9895,
mobile 0466 375 552.