After 13 years in the public service it took the birth of her third son, Connor, for Jennifer Boney to take the plunge and change careers.
Last Friday her switch from a call centre to childcare work paid off when she was named the Vocational Student of the Year for the western region at the Regional Training Awards.
"I wanted to do something different. I love working with children. It's a much better change," she said.
Fellow TAFE Orange student Clinton Larkings of Dubbo was named Apprentice of the Year and both will compete in the state awards in Sydney in September.
Mrs Boney works at the Nurture One Hill Street Children's Centre.
"To win an award for doing something I love just further cemented my belief that I have found the right career for me," she said.
"It's very rewarding working with beautiful young children and their families."
TAFE NSW acting regional general manager Adam Bennett said Mrs Boney had make a "huge impression" on her colleagues.
"Her warm, caring and nurturing attitude towards the children and families will ensure she has a really exciting career ahead of her," he said.
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