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Hairdresser wins Rotary Club of Warrnambool East Apprentice Award

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Warrnambool hairdressing apprentice Teashene Struth took out the 2020 Rotary Club of Warrnambool East First Year Apprentice Award.

Teashene was shortlisted for the annual award which is donated by Rotary and awarded to a first year apprentice from South West TAFE.

Teashene was one of seven students to be nominated by their teachers for excellence in their trades and it was her passion and commitment to her studies and work that made her stand out as the winner.

Working for Birds ‘n’ Fella’s salon in Warrnambool, Teashene was full of praise for her employer and teachers at South West TAFE for helping her to change careers and succeed in a field she loves.

The other nominees were carpentry apprentice Todd Robinson, engineering apprentice Henry Kaspers, automotive apprentice Keisha Brabham, cabinet making apprentice Isaac Coverdale, plumbing apprentice Sam Lewis and electrical apprentice Samuel Newcombe.

To select a winner the seven students were interviewed by Rotary club and South West TAFE staff members.

The award was judged on how students were progressing in their course, their willingness to learn, how they positively represented their trade and how they could be encouraged to continue their studies.

The judging panel was impressed by all students and their focus on creating successful careers for themselves.

Rotary’s Youth and Vocation director Wendy Mitchem was assisted by Rotarians Mark Taylor and Bill Hewett and said all the candidates showed incredible enthusiasm in their trades and had bright futures ahead of them.

She said it was wonderful to see the apprentices from all different backgrounds, all succeeding in their chosen fields.

The Rotary Club of Warrnambool East has offered this award for many years and continues to provide ongoing support to training apprentices in the region.

South West TAFE CEO Mark Fidge said the organisation was grateful for the partnership with Rotary in supporting apprentices.

“It’s great to have the ongoing support of the Rotary Club of Warrnambool East and the encouragement this award gives to our first year apprentices is invaluable,” he said.

Teashene Struth - winner of the 2020 Rotary Club of Warrnambool East First Year Apprentice Award
Teashene Struth, winner of the 2020 Rotary Club of Warrnambool East First Year Apprentice Award
South West TAFE CEO Mark Fidge, Rotary Club of Warrnambool East Cliff Heath, and Hairdressing Apprentice Teashene Struth