Vocational students shine at MWLP Awards Night

Nearly 200 guests attended MWLP’s Student Work Placement Awards held at Bankstown Sports Club recently.

Students were nominated by their host employers for being outstanding during their work placement. These students are in Years 11 and 12 and undertaking vocational courses as part of their Higher School Certificate, where work placement is a mandatory requirement.

Some 500 hosts were asked to nominate their best students (from 6,000 candidates) and the results were outstanding!

Kimberley Sepuloni from St. Patricks College for Girls Campbelltown took out the top award. Kimberley was nominated by Graham Krueger, Group Executive Chef, at Wests Leagues Club. Graham said “Kimberley is the best student ever. In all the years we have been hosting students, she is definitely the best I have seen come through the MWLP work placement program. She is the most enthusiastic, competent, interested, motivated and all round fantastic student. She even ran the fryer section by herself and was able to hold her own with qualified chefs in their sections. She definitely has a job waiting for her.”

l to r Dr David Williams MWLP, Student of the Year Kimberley Sepuloni and Tom Emeleus NECA

Kimberley was thrilled to win. She added “I was surprised and very grateful. I have known I want to be a chef for a few years and work placement opened my eyes to new opportunities. I loved my time at Wests Leagues Club. There was a sense of community and everyone was so helpful. I went with an open mind and was determined to do my best. I tried my hardest and asked if I wasn’t sure of anything. I started with simple prep and did more and more. I really started to believe in myself.”

Kimberley’s Hospitality Teacher and VET Coordinator, Maree Durrington said “Kimberley is really passionate about Hospitality. She has bloomed since her nomination but to win the Hospitality framework and then the overall Student of the Year, Kimberly is over the moon. This is a wonderful opportunity that will open doors for her. Her career is set.”

David Williams, MWLP’s CEO, summarised the night “This is what Vocational Education and Training (VET) is all about. Not only do the students reap the rewards from work placement and the connections they make with industry, employers are linked to the future workforce. It is a win/win for everyone.”

Framework Winners

Automotive Joseph Ayoub from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College was hosted by Goodyear Auto Care
Business Services Stephanie Lagos from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College was hosted by Cablenet Technologies Group
Construction Zachary Costlow from Elderslie High School was hosted by Offshore Carpentry Services
Electrotechnology Daniel Minchenko from Trinity Grammar School was hosted by Peter Harrison Electrical
Entertainment Ebony Kingston from Camden High School was hosted by United Cinemas Narellan
Hospitality (KO) Kimberley Sepuloni from St Patrick’s College was hosted by Wests Leagues Club
Hospitality (F&B) Thomas Newell from Trinity Grammar School was hosted by Swissotel Sydney
Human Services Tyrah Rayment from Picton High School was hosted by RSL Life Care Queen Victoria Park
Information & Digital Technology Zachary Bowling from Broughton Anglican College was hosted by Glenwood Public School
Metal and Engineering Adam Salim from Eagle Vale High School was hosted by Sureflo Exhaust
Primary Industries Hamish Capewell from St Gregory’s College was hosted by Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living
Retail Services Isaiah Brown from Campbelltown Performing Arts High School was hosted by Best & Less, Campbelltown Mall
Tourism & Events Katie Ward from Georges River Grammar was hosted by Precedent Productions

About MWLP Linking Youth:

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business. For more information, please visit www.mwlp.com.au

Media relations contact: Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au