Top Central Tafe student finds her calling in community services

Vocational Student of the Year Katherine Haag is passionate about helping people break the poverty cycle through financial |counselling.
Vocational Student of the Year Katherine Haag is passionate about helping people break the poverty cycle through financial |counselling.

BREAKING the poverty cycle is the goal for Katherine Haag, who was named the Vocational Student of the Year at the WA Training Awards earlier this month.

Ms Haag, who is studying a Diploma of Financial Counselling at Central Tafe, said community services was the path for her, after going through some challenging times of her own.

“I wanted to belong to a profession that is dedicated to assisting individuals and families overcome adversity though challenging or breaking the cycle of poverty,” Ms Haag said.

“I’m passionate about empowering and educating young people about real-life issues such as the impact of credit reporting, credit cards, budgeting and debt.”

Ms Haag said she was pleasantly surprised to have won the award.

“Winning the Vocational Student of the Year award is an accomplishment that I feel very proud to have attained,” she said.

“It is an achievement which I have no doubt will open up doors to further opportunities and experiences.

“I’m really excited to be an advocate for a training course and profession that I’m really passionate about and proud to be a part of.”

The annual WA Training Awards are hosted by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and presented by Training Minister and Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey.

They aim to reward the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students.