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Celebrating success

TAFE Queensland recently received recognition at the 2023 Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) 75th Anniversary Conference awards, with a TAFE Queensland teacher, student and volunteer winning awards that recognised their achievement and commitment to the AMEP.

Sally Carvill, a dedicated AMEP educator at our Bracken Ridge campus, has been recognised with the Excellence Award for Innovation for her exceptional work on the Hotel Employment Pathways Program. The Brisbane Airport Hotels Group had requested TAFE Queensland's assistance in creating a customized training program to address the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the tourism industry.

Sally took charge of the project, which lasted for nine weeks, and included a week of work experience for thirteen migrants and refugees at the Ibis and Pullman Brisbane Airport Hotels. Sally continued to support the group even after they graduated helping with their resumes, interview skills, and job applications.

As a result of Sally's efforts, six of the participants were successfully employed by the Brisbane Airport Hotels Group, and subsequent programs have been equally prosperous.

Gold Coast AMEP student Kateryna Dmytriieva received an Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement. She arrived in Australia in May 2022 due to the war in Ukraine. Her move was completely unexpected and unplanned, however, Kateryna was determined to take advantage of all opportunities available to her.

Kateryna chose to enrol in the AMEP and Certificate II in Skills for Education, Training and Employment Pathways. She was also selected to participate in the 2023 Gold Coast Mayor’s Student Ambassador program, where she will be a representative of the student community on the Gold Coast and have the opportunity to share her experience with the world, setting a great example for other AMEP students.

Lastly, TAFE Queensland South West’s Fulgence Ntahomvukiye was awarded the Excellence Award for his Commitment to Volunteering in the AMEP and helping refugee and migrant clients reach their goals. As an asylum seeker, refugee and graduate of the AMEP, Fulgence felt he needed to give back to his new community and returned to the AMEP as a volunteer and classroom tutor in the western suburbs of Brisbane.

His proficiency in five languages proved to be an invaluable asset to many students and he found joy in watching them make progress. He continued to help them with resumes and job searches, feeling deeply fulfilled.

“I helped some students write their resumes and cover letters when I volunteered in SLPET, and many succeeded in their job searches. To this day, I am deeply gratified that I was able to help them progress toward making a fulfilling living for themselves.”

Congratulations to Sally, Kateryna and Fulgence on your success and recognition for all of your amazing achievements.

The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs and delivered by TAFE Queensland across 45 Queensland locations.