TAFE NSW Big Winner at Minister's Awards

The dedication and commitment to the tourism industry of five TAFE NSW students was recognised at a ceremony at NSW Parliament House this week to mark the 2017 Minister’s Student Achiever Awards.

All five students have achieved outstanding academic success during their studies and will go on to make a vital contribution to their profession.

17-year-old award winner Kye Dewberry has been attending TAFE NSW Bega since he was 15 years old and has completed the Certificate II and Certificate III in Tourism over the past two years. His goal next year is to study a double Diploma in Tourism, Travel and Hospitality.

With titanic ambitions to work for Royal Caribbean Cruises as a cruise director, Mr Dewberry was happy with the presentation.

“I received an email advising me that I was receiving an award,” he said. When I got to Sydney, I was shocked to realise it was a big deal. The award will look great in my CV and I’m getting my name out there.”

The Tourism Minister impressed Mr Dewberry and he said he was “a good bloke”.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Assistant Minister for Skills, Adam Marshall, congratulated the students on their academic achievements in tourism and hospitality studies.

“The TAFE NSW students honoured today represent the future of tourism and hospitality, and embody the commitment to excellence that is critical to the continued success of our industry,” Mr Marshall said.

“The NSW Government is committed to growing the NSW visitor economy to ensure we remain the number one state for tourism and major events in Australia. This means the creation of more jobs across the industry and more opportunities for future generations of tourism industry professionals.

“It is encouraging to see TAFE NSW represented by these students and I thank it for its continued commitment to fostering our future industry leaders. I also welcome TAFE’s continued support of tourism and hospitality related studies.”

Since 1990, the NSW Government has acknowledged academically high-achieving tourism and hospitality students at an annual Minister’s Student Achievers Awards ceremony. Students from NSW education institutions offering degrees, diplomas and certificate courses in tourism and hospitality studies can be nominated for the awards. To be eligible, students must have completed one year of their studies and be a resident of NSW.