CONGRATULATIONS are in order for two local men who are set to receive prestigious education awards next week.
Twenty-three-year-old Dominic Gall and 20-year-old Michael Roach have both won TAFE NSW Gili awards, which reflect the high achievements of indigenous students taking part in vocational training.
Mr Roach, who studied policing at the Tamworth campus, will receive an achievement award while Mr Gall, who studied carpentry and building, won apprentice of the year.
It’s been a busy year for Mr Gall who also took out apprentice of the year at the New England NSW Training awards.
The prolific student finished his HSC in 2008 and hasn’t stopped studying since.
“I’m very honoured, it’s awesome to be recognised,” Mr Gall said.
“I don’t know if I’m necessarily deserving of it, but it’s good recognition for myself and other people in general to get a bit of a pat on the back.”
Born and bred in the region Mr Gall says he plans to keep his talents local.
Mr Roach on the other hand is off to Hurstville in Sydney’s south-west on Monday after graduating from the police academy in Goulburn yesterday.
He applied to be stationed back at his home town of Tamworth, but wasn’t successful.
The new recruit, who comes from a long line of family members who served on the force, said he was “shocked” to receive the recognition.
And while he’s only spent limited time in Sydney, he said he’s looking forward to the new experiences that lie ahead.
In addition to the boys’ achievements, TAFE New England was honoured with the industry partnership award for its work with Hunter New England Health.
Both men will receive their awards at an official presentation ceremony at the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney on Thursday.