Horticulture student wins TAFE’s Gili Award honour

TAFE NSW Padstow student and proud Wiradjuri woman, Brittany Swales, has been recognised for her achievements, winning both a TAFE NSW Gili Award and being a finalist for Aboriginal Student of the Year at the TAFE NSW Training Awards.

The TAFE NSW Gili (pronounced kill-ee) Awards celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal students as well as the accomplishments of TAFE employees.
Brittany was recognised in the Agribusiness Student of the Year category, after completing her Certificate III in Horticulture at TAFE NSW Padstow.
“Since I was a little kid, I have always been at home in the garden and passionate about preserving our environment,” she said.
“However, taking care of two small children has meant my passions have taken a back seat for a few years.
“I have always felt a strong connection to the land. I want this planet to live on and know it is in the hands of my generation to make that happen.”
Studying the Certificate III in Horticulture helped Brittany decide what she wants to do next with her career, which is become an Environmental Scientist.
According to Jobs and Skills Australia, the number of Environmental Scientists employed in Australia is expected to increase nearly 8 per cent by 2028.
In pursuit of this dream, she is now studying the HSC equivalent course, a Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation.
“Studying at TAFE NSW has given me the confidence to complete my HSC equivalent, which means I will then be able to apply to study an Environment Science degree,” she said.
“My passion is to one day develop solutions to the environmental issues impacting our society.”