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More than 100 community and mining industry
representatives celebrated the 38 students who
successfully completing the TAFE NSW Muswellbrook
Mining Skills Program at the 2018 TAFE NSW Mining
Skills Presentation Awards evening on June 15.
TAFE NSW Muswellbrook Mining Skills Program Manager, Kieran Kelly, says
the evening was about celebrating the achievements of all the students.
“The Mining Skills Presentation Awards evening is a fantastic night to
recognise the 38 students and what they have achieved, in front of their
community, family and industry peers.” Kieran said.
Each year two students are presented with an outstanding student
award, nominated and recognised by the teaching staff for their
outstanding attitude, aptitude, attention to detail, skill development and
the completion of the special projects. The highest achiever for the year
is also announced as the DUX.
The two recipients of this year’s Outstanding Student award were James
Drayton, apprentice at AGL Macquarie, and Lauren Booth, apprentice at
Yancoal/Glencore, Hunter Valley Operations. Jennifer Chalker, apprentice at
BHP Mt Arthur was named the highest achiever and DUX of the 2018 TAFE
NSW Mining Skills Program.
Kieran said the evening not only celebrates the students’ achievements, but is
a great opportunity to showcase the course, which continues to capture the
interest of leading industry partners in the Hunter Valley.
“The program teaches apprentices basic skills, particularly with regard to
safety, and emphasises the importance of being aware of what other people
are doing in the workplace to ensure safety precautions are met,” he said.

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