Kardinya Tafe student wins Vocational Student of the Year award


Kardinya resident Nardine Burgess was crowned South Metropolitan TAFE 2016 Vocational Student of the Year.
Kardinya resident Nardine Burgess was crowned South Metropolitan TAFE 2016 Vocational Student of the Year.

AN impressive volunteering record helped events student Nardine Burgess to South Metropolitan Tafe’s prestigious Vocational Student of the Year award.

The 22-year-old Kardinya resident studied a Diploma of Events and took every opportunity she could get to further her career, working as a volunteer at last year’s Good Food and Wine Show, Skills West Expo, 65 Roses Day for Cystic Fibrosis, WA Training Awards, LNG 18 and Beaumont Kalgoorlie Races.

She is also a youth leader at her Baptist church.

Ms Burgess was recently announced as one of AccorHotels graduate management trainees for 2017, an extremely competitive program that will place her at Novotel Perth Langley in her first rotation.

“I always wanted a career that brought people together in a fun environment which I think this stems from having a large family,” she said.

“I found the course very interactive and we got to experience every type of event which has helped me decide what I want to pursue further.”

Tafe lecturer Kylie-Anne Stokes said Ms Burgess had a high level of respect for the training she received and that the industry had commended her work ethic.

“Nardine has made a positive impression representing South Metropolitan Tafe at various events and is a great example of why employers should choose our students,” Ms Stokes said.

“She started out very quiet but by the end of the course had put her hand up to MC one of our functions and was able to brief her class confidently.”

“She is one of the key students in the class that others go to for assistance, very friendly and always welcoming.”