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Taeko Iizuka praised at prestigious TAFE NSW awards

TAFE NSW Coffs Harbour

Taeko Iizuka praised at prestigious TAFE NSW awards

TAFE NSW Coffs Harbour student Taeko Iizuka has been recognised for her academic achievement and positive work ethic at the TAFE NSW Excellence Awards in Kurri Kurri last night.

Ms Iizuka who completed Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery at TAFE NSW Coffs Harbour in 2018, was announced as the winner of the prestigious International Student of the Year at a gala awards ceremony at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy.

TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Susie George, commended Taeko for her commitment and dedication which she has shown to her studies.

“Despite having only a basic understanding of English when she enrolled in this course, Taeko showed great promise from the start of her studies. She has displayed resilience and a can-do attitude. Taeko has been an asset to her class and a stand out student.

“Taeko’s success is further proof that TAFE NSW has the greatest range of courses available which gives our students a head-start in their pursuit of exciting careers. It also delivers on our commitment to train the workforce leaders of the future when, where and how it suits them,” Susie said.

The reason Taeko decided to enrol in TAFE NSW was to become a pastry chef after working in a pastry store in Japan. Taeko’s plans for the future are to start her own business making cakes and sweets.

“I am very happy with my result from this course. I feel that it has helped me to develop skills that will assist me in my future ventures.”

Head Teacher of Tourism & Hospitality, Ian Holdaway, who nominated Taeko for this award said “Whilst working in classes with apprentice chefs who were already working in the industry, Taeko produced work that was equal to and more often better than her peers.

“Taeko was always early for class, immaculately presented and eager to learn. Her finished products were always to an excellent standard. Her polite and quiet manner endeared her to her classmates who commented on her efforts on a regular basis.”

Students from Taree, Forster, Mardi, Casino, Hunter Valley, Grafton and Port Macquarie shared the 14 awards that were presented at the ceremony.

Media contact: Sarah Lievore, TAFE NSW Media Officer, 6586 2299 or