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The future is bright for TAFE NSW procurement graduate

Isabel Purser

Isabel Purser, a proud Aboriginal woman from Darkinjung Country, has accepted top honours across three categories in the latest TAFE NSW Gili Awards and TAFE NSW Student Excellence Awards.

Hailing from Woy Woy on the Central Coast, 20-year-old Isabel has been recognised for her academic and community excellence in procurement, receiving Trainee of the Year and Supply Chain and eCommerce Student of the Year.

Isabel attained a Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting through her placement in the NSW Government Infrastructure Traineeship Program, which she said helped set her up for a career in the in-demand procurement sector.

The two-year traineeship provides work-based employment and training with government, business and consultancies associated with the infrastructure sector.

Isabel Purser
Isabel Purser (Image credit: TAFE NSW)

“I chose procurement because I’d always been really interested in finding out what happened in the pre-construction phase. Since completing my studies, I’ve come to appreciate how important this role is, to not just the delivery of the project but also to the positive impact procurement can have on local communities.”

“Being nominated was in itself such an immense honour, but to be recognised in three categories in both Awards was truly beyond my expectations,” said Isabel.

Isabel’s teacher, Michael Farragher, TAFE NSW supply chain and logistics lecturer praised her exceptional initiative and diligence.

“Isabel is an outstanding student who is committed to mastering her vocational education and proactively sought opportunities to apply her knowledge in real-world scenarios. It’s very gratifying to watch students like Isabel grow and transform their lives through education.”

Isabel is currently employed with the NSW Department of Education through its cadetship program and is furthering her studies with a Diploma in Procurement.

She encourages other young people, especially young Aboriginal women, to consider a career in procurement and contracting.

“Honestly, just apply for a role in the industry, even if you don’t get it, it’s still great to put yourself out there. You can excel in this industry, there’s so many opportunities,” she added.

The Gili Awards are named after the Eora word meaning ‘to shine’ and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of TAFE NSW’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, employees and community partners.

The TAFE NSW Student Excellence Awards recognise students who achieve outstanding academic results.

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