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NMIT students graduate with a ‘Braaap’!

24 May 2013

More than 1,321 TAFE and Higher Education students celebrated their graduation from NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) last night.

They were joined by over 900 family, friends, NMIT Board members, and faculty staff at a ceremony held at the Melbourne Town Hall.

The ceremony was also streamed live via the internet for those students whose family, friends or colleagues could not attend, including the relatives of hundreds of international graduates.
    
Guest speaker for the evening was Brad Smith – founder of the ‘Braaap’ motorcycle company and two-time Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
    
In 2008, Brad Smith launched his first ‘Braaap’ store, which he described as ‘the motocross equivalent of a surf shop.’  

At 25 years of age, Brad, now has three stores in Tasmania, one in Victoria and has signed a franchise deal to introduce Braaap into the United States.

Brad inspired students with his life story and his ability to turn his passion for motocross into a highly successful business venture.
    
He encouraged students to ‘have a vision and be ready to act on it’ which is how he began his journey to develop the Braaap brand as a teenager.

NMIT 2013 Outstanding Student of the Year Category Awards

During the evening, 10 NMIT students were presented with Outstanding Student of the Year Awards across 10 specialist categories including:

  • NMIT Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee Student of the Year: Faculty of Engineering, Amy Kennedy – Cert III of Engineering Technology (Jewellery), Fairfeld Campus, resident of Geelong.
  • NMIT Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year: Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Personal Services, Anastasia Garraway - Advanced Diploma of Accounting,  Preston campus, resident of Epping.
  • NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Personal Services, Ian Bristow - Diploma of Remedial Massage, Preston campus, resident of Doreen.   
  • NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Further Education, Michelle Yuanyuan Shen – Certificate IV in ESL, Preston campus, resident of Reservoir.
  • NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Engineering, Leigh Plozza - Advanced Diploma of Information Technology, Preston campus, resident of South Morang.
  • NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Earth Sciences, Michael Smith - Diploma of Horticulture (Turf), Fairfield campus, resident of Richmond.
  • NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Building and Construction, Alison Lewis - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, Preston campus, resident of Eltham North.
  • NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Marlon Moses - Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care), Preston campus, resident of Coburg.
  • NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Higher Education, Claire Tartaro - Bachelor of Equine Studies, Epping campus, resident of Ballarat.
     

NMIT 2013 overall Outstanding Student of the Year

Each year, NMIT recognises an individual student whose academic performance, skill and dedication to their field stands out from their peers.  The student is honoured as the NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year and the award is not announced until Graduation evening.

This year, Faculty of Engineering, Apprentice of the Year/Trainee (Jewellery), Amy Kennedy, was named NMIT 2013 Outstanding Student of the Year.

As a Geelong resident, Amy traveled to Melbourne to study jewellery manufacturing at NMIT because it is the only institute in Victoria to offer an Advanced Diploma and Cert III of Engineering Technology (Jewellery).

“It’s such a specialised field and nowhere else in the state offers the opportunity to study this craft at such a technical level,” said Amy.
    
Amy was joined at the ceremony by her husband, father, and her employer – Brett Wood, from Artworks Jewellers in Geelong West.

 “I love creating beautiful things. I get such a thrill out of creating pieces of art that people will love,” said Amy

Amy is grateful for all the support NMIT offered her during her apprenticeship and advanced diploma years, and particularly signaled out staff from the jewellery department.
    
“With support from NMIT I had the chance to compete at the WorldSkills competition in Sydney last year and came second nationally. It was so inspiring to compete in a huge auditorium with the top young apprentices from all around Australia showcasing their skills across all trades.”

Amy now hopes to secure a scholarship to enable her to travel to Italy to further her studies.

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on 03 9269 1579, 0413 483 182 or jamesgardener@nmit.edu.au

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, 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.

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