Graduation & Awards

SWTAFE holds a graduation ceremony each year for those students who successfully complete a diploma or advanced diploma qualification. Individual teaching centres also hold annual award ceremonies to recognise the achievements of their students who study at certificate level.

Deakin University Pathways Award

As a valued education partner of South West TAFE, Deakin University offers this award to a South West TAFE Graduate Certificate/Diploma or Diploma graduate.
The award of $1000 is awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding qualities in preparing themselves to undertake higher studies towards a degree from Deakin University.

Peter Lucas Memorial Prize for Visual Arts

This award gives a student the opportunity to hold their own exhibition at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, an invaluable experience for an emerging artist.
It is open to all graduating diploma and advanced diploma Visual Arts students of SWTAFE. 
It is selected by the curator of the Warrnambool Art Gallery.

Warrnambool East Rotary First Year Apprentice Awards

Each year the Warrnambool East Rotary Club supports a South West TAFE first-year apprentice with a financial award to support them in their studies.

Rotary Club of Warrnambool - SWTAFE Student Award

Supporting a young person from the Portland community is the focus of this annual award, generously provided by the Portland Rotary Club.

Outstanding Student Awards

Outstanding students in the categories of Apprentice, Trainee, School-based apprentice, Vocational and Koorie are presented each year.
Presented at the annual Graduation and Awards ceremony, these awards recognise a number of students who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in their relevant course, based on nomination from teaching staff.

Hair and Beauty Showcase Awards

Presented at the annual Hair and Beauty Showcase these awards cover Teachers Choice for Hairdressing, Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year, Teachers Choice for Beauty Therapy, Pure Academy Beauty Endeavour Award & Pure Academy Outstanding Beauty Student.

Trades Awards

The South West TAFE Trades Awards are an annual event which reward and recognise the efforts and dedication of our students in their respective trades throughout their studies. Students from VET DSS and pre-apprentices through to apprentices at all year levels are recognised at these awards in automotive, engineering, electrotechnology, plumbing, cabinet making, and carpentry.

Gerard Kelly Award
The Gerard Kelly award recognises a student who is moving forward in the building industry by completing a Certificate IV in Building and Construction.

Andy Kinnear Award
This award is presented to an engineering apprentice who displays excellence, a thirst for knowledge, passion, and a desire to share knowledge and help others.        

Brian Smith Award
This award recognises a student who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and diligence to his/her apprenticeship in the building field.

Jim Leahy Award
The Jim Leahy award is presented to an electrical apprentice who makes the most of opportunities given to them in their goal to become a qualified electrician.

Shane Riordon Award - Automotive
Presented to the Best Third Year Automotive Apprentice who best displays qualities such as striving for excellence and displaying a passion for the trade.

Brian Crichton Endeavour Award
Given in recognition of a plumbing student who has shown perseverance through schooling to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.