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WAAPA student a vocational success

Monday, 24 September 2012

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Congratulations to WAAPA Stage Management student Stephen Moore, winner of the prestigious 2012 WA Vocational Student of the Year.

Stephen won $7000 and took out the award over two other finalists at the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner.

He now holds the title of WA’s Training Ambassador for 2013 and will represent WA at the National Training Awards to be decided in Melbourne in November.

From a young age Stephen had a passion for all things theatrical. Over the years his interest changed from being in the spotlight to coordinating behind the scenes, exploring the technical production and delivery of performances.

Like many other WAAPA students, Stephen’s decision to study at WAAPA meant a move from the eastern states to Perth.

Through WAAPA industry contacts and experience opportunities, Stephen has undertaken numerous placements with major theatrical productions and performance companies in Perth and interstate including:

  • Mary Poppins (Disney Theatrics and Cameron Macintosh);
  • The Swimming Club (Melbourne Theatre Company);
  • Wicked (Gordon Frost Organisation); and
  • Twelfth Night and Arcadia (Black Swan State Theatre Company).

Entrants to VET Vocational Student of the Year are judged against several criteria, including career and study achievements; communication, team and leadership skills; other pursuits; as well as their ability to represent the training system at a broader level.

WAAPA VET Executive Officer Rhyl McFarlane credits Stephen for his ongoing commitment to his studies.

“Stephen is an exceptional student, completing both industry placements, while also studying at WAAPA and working part time. Stage Management is what he wants to do with his career and he bring that passion to every element of his studies.”

In his role as Training Ambassador, Stephen will be a regular guest speaker at a variety of VET forums, including the 2013 WA Training Forum, course and career expos and visiting schools to engage a new crop of potential VET students.

WAAPA and ECU congratulate Stephen on this wonderful achievement and wish him the best of luck at the National Awards.

For more information on the awards visit the Training WA website.

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