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Holmesglen students headline Victorian Training Awards announcement

Victorian Training Awards finalists Amanda Meehan, Chelsea Cooke and Chhunly TaingExcitement builds for the upcoming Victorian Training Awards as Holmesglen students prepare to represent the Institute across multiple award categories.

It’s a triple treat as we celebrate the success of Amanda Meehan (Vocational Student of the Year), Chelsea Cooke (Koorie Student of the Year) and Chhunly Taing (Apprentice of the Year).

The Victorian Training Awards celebrate excellence in the vocational training sector.
The Gala Ceremony will be held on Saturday 10 September.

Read on to find out more about our wonderful vocational training ambassadors...

Amanda Meehan
HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

Amanda (pictured left) enrolled in the nursing diploma to serve the community and be a role model for her children.

Amanda was a finalist in our ‘Vocational Student of the Year – Diploma’ award and was named City of Greater Dandenong’s Citizen of the Year in 2022.

She says her Holmesglen teachers were pivotal in her success.

Amanda is also the president of a local kindergarten, cricket club volunteer, council advisory board member, surrogacy advocate, and a surrogate.

Now undertaking our Bachelor of Nursing, Amanda continues to inspire others with her positive attitude toward life and study.

Chelsea Cooke
AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

Chelsea (pictured middle) commitment to her conservation and land management training was so profound, she received employment just days after completing her course.

This was further recognised when Chelsea was awarded our Indigenous Student of the Year at the 2022 Gala Awards Dinner.

A Conservation Officer, Chelsea credits her Holmesglen course for rekindling her strong cultural heritage.

She moved from Alice Springs to Geelong, before discovering a Holmesglen conservation and land management course, which gave her the skills to respect and care for land.

She is also a proud Cultural Heritage Representative with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and previously featured on a National Indigenous television (NITV) program.

Chelsea looks forward to continuing to educate people on First Nations history and culture.

Chhunly Taing
RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction

Holmesglen’s George Kline Apprentice of the Year, Chhunly (pictured right) is among the next generation of construction professionals equipped with the right skills to support Victoria’s Big Build.

From cleaner to civil construction apprentice, Chhunly says Holmesglen has given her a tool belt of new skills and confidence for her new trades career, which she describes as “future proof.”

She is now a respected employee at Cross Yarra Partnership, where she helps delegate jobs from the foreman and superintendent.

“I have so much fun at work,” Chhunly says.

Chhunly would like to progress to a career as a foreperson and looks forward to being an advocate for women in trades.

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