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Karnup pet-lover scoops top TAFE prize

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South Metropolitan TAFE’s 2017 School-based Apprentice of the Year award winner Ashleigh Copeland.
Camera IconSouth Metropolitan TAFE’s 2017 School-based Apprentice of the Year award winner Ashleigh Copeland.

A Karnup student’s love for animals and all things nature has been highlighted at a prestigious ceremony.

Ashleigh Copeland earned the top honour at South Metropolitan TAFE’s 2017 Awards, being named School-based Apprentice of the Year.

The 18-year-old completed her work placement in a pet shop and was a diligent student achieving her Certificate II in Animal Studies.

“I grew up with animals and rode horses when I was younger, so I knew I wanted to have a career in this field, it makes me happy,” Ashleigh said.

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“I’m a laid-back person so this course was perfect as it allowed me to study at my own pace.

“I’d like to continue my studies with a veterinary nursing course at SM TAFE and down the track I could become a veterinarian.”

SM TAFE lecturer Kirsten Underwood said that Ashleigh’s enthusiasm was evident and she would thrive in an ambassadorial role.

“Ashleigh has a bright and bubbly personality, and is easy to communicate with,” she said.

“She took direction very well in the workplace and also mentored other work placement students -she was fantastic to teach.”

In the past two years Ashleigh achieved her WACE at Comet Bay College and successfully completed her traineeship whilst working part-time.

She also works at the Baldivis Children’s Forest, where she is involved with planning community events such as concerts and night tours.

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