EIGHT supported employees of Wangarang Industries were rewarded for weeks of dedication to their training at a presentation ceremony on Tuesday.
The employees were presented with their certificate II in cleaning operations and are working at the Department of Primary Industries.
Wangarang chief executive officer Kevin McGuire told the group he was enormously proud of their achievements studying through the Orange TAFE campus.
“This is no certificate that comes from the back of a Cornflakes packet,” he said.
“It comes after hard work, including the practical and theory components, and the students had to sit an exam with around 50 questions.”
Orange TAFE Manufacturing head teacher Neil Milton hopes to secure more funding to run a second course.
“We have had a wonderful 100 per cent success rate,” he said.
“Everyone who started the course came through with flying colours.”
Teacher Helen Strike was emotional as the workers made a special presentation to thank her for her support.
“This means so much. They should be so proud of themselves,” she said.
“From the first day they were keen to do well, asking lots of questions and always wanting to get it right.”
Mr McGuire said Wangarang Industries employed 125 people in a supported environment at their headquarters on Forest Road.
Orange TAFE Vocational Training acting director Charlie Cross said the first cleaning course run in conjunction with TAFE has been a huge success.
“I heard some wonderful stories and everyone involved is to be congratulated,” he said.