TAFE NSW Gili Awards 2019 Steven Green won Apprentice of the Year
TAFE NSW Grafton student Steven Green was recognised for his achievements during his time studying a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at the 2019 TAFE NSW Gili Awards in Sydney last night.
Attended by The Hon. Dr Geoffrey Lee, Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, the 2019 TAFE NSW Gili (pronounced kill-ee) Awards celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal students, as well as the accomplishments of TAFE NSW employees and innovative programs that have empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout 2018.
Mr Green who was awarded Apprentice of the Year, said, TAFE NSW has inspired his career direction as a chef and each new lesson made him even more passionate than the last.
“This awards ceremony is something that is very important to me and just to be nominated and recognised for my achievements, I am so grateful for.
“I love to bring my culture into what I do with food. I am overwhelmed and so excited to have won this award - it’s just great.”
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Marie Larkings, congratulated the winners for their hard work, dedication and commitment to transforming their lives through vocational education and training outcomes for Aboriginal people.
“Last night’s celebration marked the 29th year that the TAFE NSW Gili Awards have recognised the power of vocational education and training, and the life changing pathways to employment or further study for Aboriginal people.
“Gili is an Eora word meaning ‘to shine’ and is fitting for students whose achievements I am extremely proud to acknowledge.
“Steven has demonstrated remarkable talent, ambition and determination through their studies at TAFE NSW and commitment to their local community.” said Ms Larkings.
The 15 awards were presented in 12 categories at the event. The full list of award winners are:
TAFE NSW study and home location
The Gili Award
TAFE NSW Dubbo
TAFE NSW Mudgee
TAFE NSW Eora
TAFE Digital / Surfside
TAFE NSW Campbelltown
Award for Academic Excellence
TAFE Digital/ Buderim QLD
Apprentice of the Year Award
TAFE NSW Grafton
TVET Award (Schools)
TAFE NSW Bathurst
Non-Aboriginal Staff Award
Aboriginal Staff Award
Natalie Wilcock & Rebecca Murphy
Bruce Kendall Award
Industry Partnership Award
NECA emPOWER Aboriginal Apprentice Readiness Program
Youth Engagement Award
Community Engagement Award
TAFE NSW Tumut
Media contact: Sarah Lievore, TAFE NSW Media Officer