2018 VET Student of the Year – Post School



Samantha Issom

Diploma in Early Childhood Education


When you meet Samantha, you can’t help but be impressed. Underneath a quiet exterior burns a steely resolve to improve the lives of children. Her working life has renewed vigour and purpose after she took on encouragement to build up her CV with a Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care. Her role at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in Berri is as diverse as it is busy. Her Workplace Practice Coordinator Kylie Stephens says she is a natural, demonstrating a warmth and empathy with clients while always adhering to the highest professional standards.

Runner up

Jasmine Evans

Cert 3 in Early Childhood Education


Jasmine had firm ideas on working in the early childhood sector and after completing year 12 set her sights on gaining the appropriate qualifications while remaining in the Riverland. After completing a Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care to a high standard, she was offered a position at Renmark Children’s Centre. Her employer Gayle Hanson says her welcoming nature, commitment and dedication is of a high standard in their workplace.  Jasmine says she loves working with children and the opportunity to pursue her career path while staying in Renmark provided her with the best of both worlds