Congratulations to Yezmin ASSAD (Argentina) from National Institute of Technology Australia for receiving 2021 WA International VET Student of the Year Award.

Glenda Husk, A/Executive Director for Service Delivery, Department of Training and Workforce Development, presented the WA International VET Student of the Year Award to Yezmin ASSAD from National Institute of Technology Australia.

The CISWA WA International VET Student of the Year Award is about recognising the significant contribution that international students make to the Western Australian community.

In selecting the recipient of this award, the student’s achievements and contributions during their time as an international student in Australia were taken into consideration. Additional weight was given to any activities which promote interaction with Australian students and with the local community.

2021 WINNER: Yezmin ASSAD, Advanced Diploma of Information Technology, National Institute of Technology Australia.

Yezmin is from Argentina where she worked in IT. Over the last two years she has been studying for an Advanced Diploma in Telecommunications Network Engineering at the National Institute of Technology in Perth. During her studies there she has received an Excellence Performance Award in every term.

At NIT she has been a student mentor and very active in supporting other students in their studies. She focused on promoting discussions and active listening as well as instigating teamwork and empathy. As a personal supporter, she felt responsibility to revert situations that had lack of enthusiasm from some of the attendees by implementing different approaches to gain their attention and by giving them space to participate. These scenarios ended up in great discussions where everyone shared experiences and exchanged meaningful messages with other participants.

To improve her ability to contribute to others in this way she is also studying for a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has also represented NIT in various career and recruiting activities. Yezmin Assad is truly worthy of the CISWA international VET student of the year award.

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2020 WINNER: Carlo Gonzales, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, North Metropolitan TAFE

Carlo is a teacher from the Philippines who is currently studying for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at North Metropolitan TAFE in Leederville. He is held in high regard by his lecturers at TAFE and also by staff at the child care centre where he has undertaken work placement.

This year Carlo was selected as a study Perth ambassador and in that role has provided support to other students.

In addition, he has created and manages a Facebook group for Filipino international students, continuously assisting them with information regarding jobs, rentals, life in Perth and events that would benefit them as international students. As a proficient English speaker he makes a point of supporting other students with their English. During the peak of the pandemic he organised support from different groups in the community for international students.

2019 WINNER: Flavia Azevedo  – Certificate IV Residential Building Drafting, North Metropolitan TAFE WA

Flavia sets a benchmark in the class for other students to aim for in terms of assessment quality and results. Flavia’s personality and success driven nature will serve her well into the future.  Flavia has demonstrated leadership in developing her skills as a mentor to help others. She assists other students, specifically helping them with complex CAD programs.

Flavia contributes towards TAFE students outside of the classroom by advising and helping with their studies. Flavia also contributes to the international community by sharing her tips and wisdom on how to integrate into the Australian culture and life.

Flavia is extremely creative in her TAFE work and assessments, she will not submit an assessment unless she personally is happy with the result. Moreover, Flavia brings her past knowledge and skills in architecture to her current projects; she is very innovative in design and has a wide range of skills in architecture programs which serves to enhance her current work and tasks. Every assessment within the course that Flavia has submitted have been of academic excellence.

2019 WINNER: Martin Gillies – Certificate III Community Services, South Metropolitan TAFE WA

Living in Bunbury, Martin is currently completing a Certificate III in Community Services at South Metropolitan TAFE. Martin has achieved academic success and passed every assessment on the first attempt and has received positive feedback from teachers on his depth of knowledge and understanding.

Martin has been able to assist other students in their learning by drawing on his practical experience to explain scenarios and relevant procedures. Martin is a support worker for St Jude’s Disability, providing home care and help to a client with autism and assists in facilitating social interactions and empowering them to achieve their goals. In the position of lead facilitator with Cahoots, an organisation providing opportunities for children and young people living with disability, Martin is involved in the roll out of “Youth at Risk” camps and “All Abilities 18+” day programs.  Whilst studying, Martin has also volunteered with the Release Support team at AccordWest. Through this program Martin has helped clients who are soon to be released or have recently been released from prison. Martin has acted in a support capacity when they are new to the community, assisting them to access services, advocating on their behalf to attain the help they need. Martin has assisted in delivering “Life Skills” training programs to guide people in finding jobs and staying healthy. 

Martin is a regular volunteer and participant at Bunbury Parkrun. As a Parkrun volunteer Martin acts as a guide runner for a visually impaired athlete and is involved in timekeeping, distributing finish tokens and overseeing the overall success of the events. Martin has a great passion for Parkrun and has been involved for over eight years.