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Sydney TAFE Teacher Wins Major Award

Congratulations Donna Colombini – NSW VET Teacher and Trainer of the Year

21 September, 2016

Congratulations to Sydney TAFE’s Donna Colombini for taking out this year’s NSW Training Awards VET Teacher and Trainer of the Year. This comes hot on the heels of her recent Southern and South Western region 2016 NSW Training Awards VET Trainer and Teacher of the Year.

Donna possesses the unusual quality of being not only an outstanding manager but an extraordinary leader as well. Donna inspires all her staff and is always there to answer any questions that may arise. Her compassion for her team is never ending and all staff feel quite comfortable going to her for advice.

“I have a strong commitment to the industry and this is reflected through my teaching, leadership of a teaching team and the students we teach. It is of the utmost importance that my teaching section gives the best possible education and training through quality teaching and learning practices,” said Ms Colombini.


Donna’s experience spans over 36 years, initially as a hairdresser and for the last 16 years as a TAFE teacher. She is a committed teacher and mentor to her teaching team and students and is continually striving for innovation and quality.

Her connection with local employers and industry gives her the perfect background as a former Board Member on the Hair and Beauty Association (HABA) which she held for the past two years. Donna was voted into this position by employers and industry practitioners who have enormous respect for her.

“Winning this award means the world to me. My everyday practise is to engage with other professionals within Sydney TAFE and the wider industry, as those networks and industry contacts bring a richness to my teaching and learning practices,” she said.

Donna is Head Teacher of Hairdressing, Beauty and Make Up at Sydney TAFE.  Her recent teaching highlights include developing of the Diploma of Specialist Make-up course and developing new workplace assessment model for new apprentices. Both have led to an increase in enrolments for Gymea College and now at Ultimo.

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