NewsWednesday 29 Jun 2016

TAFE skills and innovation save local businesses big bucks

As one of the six North Coast TAFE Institute students to take out an award at the 2016 North Coast Training Awards, Daniel Marks was a standout achiever, a student demonstrating excellence in the classroom and workforce.

Migrating to Australia from India in 2008, Daniel began his career in automotive technician in Melbourne after his brother encouraged him to migrate to Australia to enjoy the high standard of education.

“My brother encouraged me to study in Australia because I could get practical-hands-on experience and an excellent education,” said Daniel.

Daniel gained experience working for Nissan and Kenworth Trucks in Melbourne before making the move north to Manildra Harwood Sugars.

“I was fortunate to be recognised by my previous employers for my skills, which drove my interest to study the Certificate IV in Engineering at TAFE,” said Daniel.

“It’s been really rewarding working for the sugar mill where I’ve been able to apply the skills I’ve learned at TAFE to my tasks at work”.

Daniel is grateful to TAFE Head Teacher Peter Smith for teaching him about the latest developments in manufacturing. He credits North Coast TAFE for introducing him to new technologies.

Through a recent pursuit, Daniel has undertaken study into 3D printing, through this technology he has been able to save his employer over ten thousand dollars per year.

“I found a way to use 3D printing to print a mechanical part for the sugar mill. The parts normally cost around seventeen hundred dollars and I can print one for around seventy dollars,” said Daniel.

Needless to say, Daniel’s employer is no doubt impressed with the cost efficiencies he has brought to the business.

At the awards ceremony, Daniel was cheered on by his wife, Merlin, and two nephews – decked out is matching grey suits – who flew in from Melbourne and his father who arrived at the awards night from India.

Daniel thanked his teachers for their time and enthusiasm and keenness to share their knowledge – their motivation and passion is what drives his own inspiration to challenge himself.

“In everything that I do, I always strive to improve and keep learning. I don’t want the things that I’ve learned to stop with me, I want to share my knowledge with students of the future.”Daniel Marks, 2016 North Coast Apprentice of the Year


Daniel also acknowledged the support of his employer, family and his faith. It was through the encouragement of his family and hard work that he achieved the result.

North Coast TAFE Institute Director, Elizabeth McGregor was thrilled to see North Coast TAFE students acknowledged amongst the nearly 60,000 students enrolled in TAFE courses in 2016.

“It’s a privilege to be part of these student stories, we are so fortunate to play a role in the learning pathway of these bright young stars,” said Ms McGregor.

Daniel studied his Certificate IV in Engineering through Wollongbar TAFE Campus and was announced as the 2016 North Coast Apprentice of the Year.

In May, when Daniel was awarded with three North Coast TAFE awards including overall Student of the Year. Daniel will now go on to compete in the NSW State Training Awards.

Daniel’s thirst for knowledge doesn’t stop here, he is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

North Coast TAFE is proud to support the regional training awards and wishes the finalists the best of luck at the state awards.

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