GOTAFE Students Take Out Two of the Six State Wards

Six individuals were honored at the 2014 Victorian Training Awards, two of those students were GOTAFE students Miranda Borlini and Caitlin Maher.

Miranda was announced the Victorian Koorie Student of the Year and Caitlin Maher, won the Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year.

Miranda is the Director of the Lulla’s Children and Family Centre in Shepparton, with its aim to provide Aboriginal children with the opportunity to reach their potential through access to the highest quality care and education. Year 12 Assumption College student, Caitlin is completing her Certificate III in Aged Care with GOTAFE and works part-time at an aged care facility whilst completing her schooling.

Caitlin and Miranda were both excited and a little surprised by the initial nomination so taking out the Victorian title was a huge surprise, especially for Miranda.

“I was totally overwhelmed, it is a great feeling to be recognised at this level of achievement,” said Miranda.

“At the award ceremony, each finalist was presented with a cheque for $500 and a framed certificate, then the winner was announced and I was asked to make my way back on stage to accept a cheque for $10,000 from Nick Wakeling who asked me a few questions.

“When he asked why I had chosen early childhood and what I intend to do with the cheque, my response came easily as I think a career in early childhood is really rewarding and I hope to use the cheque to support the resource kit I have created.”

Both students credit their employers and GOTAFE with their individual successes, Miranda going on to say she credits her studies at GOTAFE for a recent initiative she implemented.

“Through my Diploma studies I realised we lacked early childhood resources, so I developed a local kit that includes a cd with songs all sung in the local language, my wish is that every childcare centre in Victoria would have this kit,” she said.

Both Miranda and Caitlin went on to compete at the Australian Competition held in Adelaide on Friday November 21, 2014.

The Victorian Training Awards, now in their 60th year, promote and reward outstanding achievement and innovation in vocational education and training. For more information visit Victorian Training Awards