It was an evening of celebration for our most outstanding technical students at Kangan Institute's Technical Group Awards Gala held on Thursday 13th September. More than 130 students, guests, staff and industry representatives attended the event held at the Automotive Centre of Excellence in Docklands to recognise and congratulate award-winning students across a range of technical departments.
Kangan Institute CEO Ray Griffiths expressed his delight at the achievements of this year's award winners and said the evening's celebrations reaffirmed the success of TAFE and the Institute in producing talented leaders of tomorrow. "It's ceremonies like these that remind me what TAFE and Kangan Institute is all about - providing people with high quality vocational education to help enterprises grow, communities prosper and individuals realise their full potential," he said. Ray also took the opportunity to thank award sponsors and industry partners for their generous support of the event. "Your contributions reflect a shared passion for rewarding excellence and demonstrate that what we do in Kangan Institute is relevant and useful," he said.
Award winners represented a range of departments within the technical group, including aviation, engineering and security, automotive, building and construction sectors, with industry partners supporting individual awards.
The top-performing student of the Technical Group was Neil Jarman who took out both the Technical Group Gold Medallion and the Apprentice of the Year Award.
Currently employed in a project management role at Toyota, Neil studied a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician at Kangan Institute. Not a typical apprentice, Neil also holds a degree in science (physics and maths) and a Bachelor of Education and has had a colourful working history. He's now a qualified level six electrician and wants to enjoy every minute of it. "I enjoy many aspects of the whole apprenticeship side of things," he said. "I want to be out there, I want to be able to run jobs and I want to be out there on the tools with them as well."
Neil received prizes from The Rotary Club of Essendon and The Rotary Club of Pascoe Vale.
Other awards presented on the night include:
All automotive award winners also received a Hot Lap in a V8 Supercar from SP Tools.
Congratulations to all award winners!