Matthew Hurley named Hunter and Central Coast TAFE’s student of the year

Posted by | May 11, 2017 | Community, Industry News, News, Training


MATTHEW Hurley’s passion for his job is infectious.

 “I get to wake up every morning and go to a job that I love,” the 22-year-old carpenter says. “I’m happy every day because I’m doing what I want to do in life.”

Mr Hurley was on Friday afternoon named TAFE Hunter and Central Coast’s student of the year – a win that is made even more satisfying when coupled with a WorldSkills Australia scholarship that will see the student jet off to the UK to refine his carpentry prowess.

At a time when Australia is grappling with a skills shortage, Mr Hurley didn’t want a desk job in architecture because “I wanted that hands on experience, that’s what I enjoy”.

“And long-term I’d love to be able to do exactly that – design and build my own houses,” he said, adding that his particular interest was in sustainable and passive building design.

Coal Point apprentice electrician Jake Barry was also named apprentice of the year, while Denman’s Victoria Wicks won trainee of the year as she completes her equine traineeship.


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