Karnup pet-lover scoops top TAFE prize
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.
“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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