GOTAFE student named Inspirational TAFE Student of the year
Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315) student Courtney Hindle has been recognised for her ability to overcome adversity and find success.
Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315) student Courtney Hindle has been recognised for her ability to overcome adversity and find success, taking out the Inspirational TAFE Student Award at the 7News Young Achievers Awards last Friday.
Courtney overcame several challenges during her time with GOTAFE, including having to deal with domestic violence and homelessness.
"I became a single mum to two kids while studying, and during this time I became homeless."
Courtney, who now works at Gateway Health in Wangaratta, completed studies mostly online, although attended Benalla campus once a month to meet in person with her peers and trainer. With the support of those around her and GOTAFE, she was able to overcome other hurdles including study in general at times.
"I had my first child and finished school when I was 16 years old. It was a real shock to the system to be back in a classroom some years later. I quit so many times in my head. No matter what, my trainer Loretta didn’t give up on me. She was just amazing, and a big advocate for me. She would always check in and give me extra time or support when I needed it."
Additionally, Courtney was put in touch with GOTAFE’s learning support team and met with them weekly to receive support as she completed her studies.
Courtney received her award in person at a gala night held in Melbourne on Friday, 28 April, alongside her Trainer Loretta Andrews. Loretta has been teaching for over 25 years, and in industry for an additional 15 years and says seeing student successes is the highlight of her role at GOTAFE.
"I am very passionate about students and their learning. Courtney is the perfect fit for the mental health sector, and to see her win was so exciting."
Loretta is a huge advocate for mental health and has been using her role to share her knowledge with future mental health workers
"To witness their entry into employment for their chosen career and see their dreams come true is the best part of my job."
Courtney completed 40 hours of placement at Gateway Health in 2022, before she was offered an ongoing position as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) worker who assists clients with their goals and recovery journey.
"My favourite part of the job is being able to give back to community and clients - I know what they are going through."
To anyone who might be struggling, Courtney says “Keep going, reach out and don’t give up.”
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help and make sure you lean on the support that is available to you.
If you or someone you know needs help, reach out to Safe Steps, Victoria’s 24/7 family violence response centre for confidential crisis support, information and accommodation via phone (1800 015 188), email (email@example.com) or website www.safesteps.org.au to utilise the Safe Steps web chat support service available 9am to midnight, Monday to Friday. Use triple 000 in an emergency.
For any further questions, please get in contact with GOTAFE on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233), Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or visit our website.