Young battlers given career boost

Her entry in the Perth Airport Achiever Awards involved writing a letter expressing her hopes and dreams for the future.

�I wrote about what I wanted to do with my life,� Ms Savell said.

�I love what I do and so I guess the words came easily; eventually I want to start my own business.�

The awards recognise young West Australians who have been in the care of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (CPFS) and are pursuing further education training.

Ms Savell (21), of Wattle Grove, won the registered training achiever award.

�CPFS has made my family feel like we could depend on them if we were upset or just needed someone to talk to.

�We are forever grateful to CPFS for making us feel safe and protected,� Ms Savell said.

The young apprentice lost her mother when she was seven years old.

Close relatives cared for her during her childhood and she now lives independently with her partner.

Ms Savell completed her high school education before studying a pre-apprenticeship course at Thornlie Tafe and successfully gaining employment.

A record number of young West Australians this year secured awards totalling more than $56,000, to help pursue their career paths.

Child Protection Minister Helen Morton presented the awards to 43 young people aged from 15 to 25 years.

�The winners have confronted and overcome major challenges at a very early age and their dedication, tenacity and commitment is proof that if you have every intention of realising a positive future, it will happen,� Mrs Morton said.