Star pupil and health trainee, Montayah Astruc has been named winner of the 2023 VET in Schools Student of the Year for the Western Sydney and Blue Mountains region.
Nepean Hospital trainee Montayah wins at the NSW Training Awards
Currently completing a Certificate III in Health Service Assistance through Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District’s Education and Training Service, Montayah was overjoyed to be named the top student in the region.
“Receiving such a high-ranking award came as a genuine shock and pleasant surprise to me,” says Montayah.
“My whole VET journey has been such a blessing in itself and I hadn't expected so much more to come out of it. I am so grateful to have had my family, friends and teachers to have supported me throughout this experience.”
Her VET in Schools Nurse Educator, Colleen Butler, commended Montayah for her dedication to nursing as she excelled in both the classroom and workplace environments, continually receiving positive feedback from her classmates, peers and patients.
Montayah has spent the past two years plying her trade at Nepean Hospital and during that time she says what she has found most enjoyable is the ability to learn surrounded by her classmates.
“I wouldn't be here without their genuine support, encouragement and motivation. They pushed me to reach a further understanding of my study,” explains Montayah.
“My memories with these people have only emphasised my passion and love for learning. Being able to flourish alongside passionate, intelligent and like-minded individuals has only added to my drive to do more for others.”
The flexibility and versatility of VET courses are always worth considering if you are looking for a career pathway into health. It’s one of the many reasons Montayah considered the opportunity.
“Health care is one of the most rewarding industries to become involved with,” says Montayah.
“If you have natural caring tendencies, you should really look into the various occupations this field can provide. There is no pressure to pick the "correct" path or know exactly what you want to do at this point in your life, there are so many alternatives and bridging courses that can get you to where you want to be.”