Written on the 27 June 2018 by Kevin Conolly


TAFE NSW Nirimba student Kealoana Stevenson was awarded Vocational Student of the Year at the prestigious 2018 Western Sydney & Blue Mountains Training Awards presentation on Friday night.

Kealoana took out the prestigious Vocational Student of the Year award at the Training Services NSW event.

TAFE NSW students claimed two of the six awards on offer, including the Apprentice of the Year, and Vocational Student of the Year.

Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly has congratulated some of the region's "training champions" after an impressive display by TAFE NSW students at the Training Awards.

"This is a wonderful result for TAFE NSW and I have no doubt these winners will go on to be great ambassadors for the region and their industries," Mr Conolly said.

"While we rightly celebrate achievements on the sporting field, it's just as important to celebrate achievements in the classroom and the workplace.

"TAFE NSW plays a critical role in shaping the careers of students across a whole range of important sectors.

"There are half a million jobs in the pipeline right now which do not require a university degree so there has never been a better time to utilise the NSW Government's world-class vocational education and training system."

The seven categories at Friday night's event included; Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year, VET in Schools Student of the Year.

The Western Sydney & Blue Mountains is one of 10 Training Services NSW Awards regional events held annually to celebrate the achievements in excellence of apprentices, trainees and students across the state.

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers and training organisations.

Kealoana will now be considered for the NSW Training Awards event in September.

TAFE NSW finalist bio:

Kealoana Stevenson (Vocational Student of the Year):
Music has always been a passion of Kealonana's for as long as she can remember. After completing the Diploma in Music, she had a desire to learn more in order to fulfil her dream of becoming a successful solo artist, so she enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Music Industries. At first the course pushed Kealoana out of her comfort zone, she had a shyness about her and expressing her voice on stage wasn't easy, but her confidence grew and in 2017, she won a grant from Blacktown Performing Arts and is using the prize money to record her first EP. Kealoana also represented Western Sydney Musicians at the 2017 Sydney Gala Project where she performed two of her original songs for Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull.

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