RECOGNITION: Karyn Kimlin was awarded a AUSTAFE Legends award in Brisbane earlier this month.
RECOGNITION: Karyn Kimlin was awarded a AUSTAFE Legends award in Brisbane earlier this month.

South west TAFE legend recognised for exemplary service

CELEBRATING 25 years of working for Queensland TAFE in a few weeks has been made even sweeter for Karyn Kimlin who is now a proud recipient of an AUSTAFE Legends award.

The awards were held in Brisbane earlier this month, recognising those who have left a positive legacy on the vocational education and training sector through exemplary service.

Ms Kimlin will now be inducted into the AUSTAFE Hall of Fame.

“I was very humbled and proud to be nominated in the first instance but winning the award was a wonderful surprise,” she said.

Commencing with TAFE Queensland at the College of the South West, Roma in 1994 in administration, Ms Kimlin has progressed through the ranks, now established as the Human Resources Manager at TAFE Queensland South West region.

“No two days are the same in Human Resources but I find that diversity extremely challenging and stimulating,” she said.

“Working for TAFE Queensland has always been very rewarding and as one of the largest training providers in the state it provides a number of opportunities at both the regional and state level.”

Ms Kimlin believes with TAFE Queensland being the largest training provider in the state, deliver training face to face on campus, in the workplace and online is vital in providing students with diverse career paths.

“Growing up in Roma and having the opportunities I had to study TAFE subjects in high school, provided me with a range of varied opportunities,” she said.

“Enabling a rural trainee, apprentice or school student a TAFE study pathway without having to go the ‘city’ enables students to remain in the community, and from my personal perspective I experienced a very supportive learning environment.

“This also enables the rural businesses to be able to engage the students in work.”

Ms Kimlin who now resides in Toowoomba said her ability to contribute and influence to the development and growth of staff across TAFE Queensland is what has made her job so rewarding.

“Some of the highlights of my career have been my contributions to the educational team leader on-boarding program, introduction of face to face staff induction program, and rollout of mental health first aid training for regional staff,” she said.

“I think the personal and professional relationships I have gained over the years have been my inspiration to work for TAFE Queensland, we have great people across the state - Making Great Happen!”