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The 2014 Australian Training Awards celebrates outstanding achievements in vocational education and training of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, training providers, secondary schools, employers, training practitioners and industry organisations.
“I feel really chuffed and excited to be selected as one of the three finalists. It is inspiring and motivating when someone else thinks that what you are doing is meaningful and important,” says Jill, Head Teacher of Education, Employment and Support and Business Faculties at Macksville TAFE.
Jill has been working at North Coast TAFE for 11 years and was nominated by work colleagues and encouraged by the NSW TAFE Innovation team who had recently contacted her to discuss the inspiring delivery that was happening at Macksville TAFE under her direction.
“Inspiration and fun is such an important aspect of learning.”Jill Ashley
“You always hope you are doing a good job, but when someone else looks at your work and says it’s innovative and you are partnering well with the community as well as empowering students it’s a real confirmation. Inspiration and fun is such an important aspect of learning,” says Jill.
The award recognises innovation and excellence by an individual involved in improving language, literacy and numeracy skills in an educational, community or workplace context.
Jill Ashley standing with the Macksville Campus signage
“The Nambucca Valley is a disadvantaged community with high levels of unemployment, low schooling age and a large Aboriginal population. There is a real need to use innovative teaching to engage students. I like seeing students develop their skills and self-confidence so they are better able to go out into the world and try new things,” says Jill.
Jill is no stranger to awards. She was nominated for the TAFE Quality Teaching Awards in 2008 for her work with the CGVE Science Flexible Delivery Option and in 2012 when she received the DET Award of Excellence for overseeing the design and construction of the Macksville TAFE Community Garden.
Jill will find out if she is the winner at the event, which is being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 21 November 2014.