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Skilled Workers of Tomorrow Take a Bow

25 Mar 2013

The skilled workforce of tomorrow took a bow at the Melbourne Town Hall yesterday evening during the annual NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Graduation Ceremony.

Approximately 470 future hospitality and event professionals; massage therapists; hairdressers and salon managers; tourism managers and marketers; writers and editors; computer, mechanical and electrical engineers; jewelers; locksmiths; horse trainers, farmers, landscapers and green keepers; accountants and international business managers; marketers; IT and multimedia professionals and graduates from dozens of other fields were in attendance to receive diploma, advanced diploma and bachelor degree qualifications.

Also recognised during the evening were many NMIT 'offshore' graduates who have completed their studies at NMIT's 24 partner institutions across Asia.

Guest Speaker for the evening was Antarctic Expedition Leader, Rachael Robertson. Only the second female to lead a team at Davis Station, Rachel spent 12 months living and working in Antarctica where she successfully led the 58th Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition.

Presenting a fascinating visual presentation from the Expedition, Rachel spoke to students and their families about her journey to Antarctica and how she dealt with the challenges and thrills of leading a diverse team of personalities and specialists in one of the world's most isolated environments.

Outstanding Student of the Year Category Awards

The graduation ceremony also paid special tribute to a select group of NMIT students named as Outstanding Students of the Year across 10 specialist categories. These students were presented with their Awards by Mr Tony Fry of the Scanlon Foundation:

Outstanding Student of the Year - Apprentice: Michael Neugebauer
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Earth Sciences: Bryce Pettit
Outstanding Student of the Year - Indigenous: David Moon
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Business: Simon Jones
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Hospitality, Tourism and Personal Services: Kirsten Aldersea
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Building and Construction: Nathan Correnti
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Further Education: Nathan Woods
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: Lynda Webb
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Engineering: Michael Barton
Outstanding Student of the Year - Higher Education: Benjamin James Hokin

NMIT 2010 Outstanding Student of the Year

Each year, NMIT recognises an individual student whose academic performance, desire to learn and application of their skills to their chosen field stands out from their peers. This student is honoured as the NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year and the award is not announced until Graduation Evening. This year Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Systems Process and Improvement) graduate, Simon Jones, was named NMIT 2010 Outstanding Student of the Year.

“I was incredibly shocked and honoured,” said Jones on the news of his award.

Now working as a web developer for Nunawading IT firm, Multimedia Technology, Simon said his NMIT qualification included valuable industry-based projects such as a system Simon and his classmates developed for Whittlesea Community Connections that matches volunteers with relevant placement opportunities.

“The industry projects that we completed were a fantastic opportunity to get a real insight in to what it's like to work in the real world and brought together all of the skills and knowledge we had learnt during the Diploma.”


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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.