Becoming a finalist is music to Lien’s ears

29-year old Lien Vanmaele from Inglewood has been short-listed as a finalist for the “WA International Student of the Year” award at this year’s WA Training Awards for her dedication to pursuing a career in the music events industry.

Belgium born Lien moved to Perth two years ago to experience living and studying in another country and says it is the best thing she has ever done.

“Studying and spending time in a different country has had such a huge positive impact on my life,” said Lien. “I have become fluent in English, obtained two qualifications and secured a job that I absolutely love.”

Lien studied a Diploma of Music Business at North Metropolitan TAFE in Leederville whilst participating in an internship at West Australian Music, where she gained experience working on gigs like the State of the Art Festival and the West Australian Music Festival.

Lien went on to obtain a Diploma of Events at North Metro TAFE’s Northbridge campus and now works in a front of house role at the Perth Arena where she has had the opportunity to work on events such as The Prince Concert, The Cure, Disney on Ice and Canada vs USA Ice Hockey.

“My dream was always to work in the music industry, for a big festival or concert venue and now I’m living my dream and I have to pinch myself some days to make sure I’m awake.”

Lien admits that her journey hasn’t always been an easy one, particularly with the language barrier she faced when she arrived in Australia. She knew she had to overcome her fears of not being understood because she wouldn’t only have to speak in English, she’d need to study in English as well.

“The first few weeks were really tough,” she said. “I was translating every single word in my head trying to work out what it meant and on top of that, I had the Australian accent to get used to”.

“After a while, something started to change. I felt myself getting used to it. I was no longer translating every word and actually caught myself thinking in English!” said Lien.

North Metro TAFE Events lecturer Liz Bindon-Bonney said that Lien has transformed into an independent, confident and extremely motivated student during her studies.

“Lien is a hard-working and talented student who has used her strength and enthusiasm to overcome the many challenges faced by an international student,” said Liz. “She will go far in the events industry and I wish her the very best.”

Not resting on her laurels, Lien now studies Leadership and Management at Sterling Business College which she hopes will assist her to gain a management position in the future.

Lien is competing against three other finalists for the “WA International Student of the Year” title which will be awarded at a Presentation Dinner on Friday 23 September at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Boom Killed At The RadioStar

For the first time ever Central’s Boom Radio had the opportunity to compete against college radio stations from around the world and guess what… we won, twice.

2015 was the first year that applications outside of the USA and Canada have been accepted for the RadioStar Awards.

Boom Radio, Central’s student-run music station, won two awards including Best Music Show for the local music program Booms Backyard, a show dedicated to promoting local music including Central music student’s recordings.

Boom Radio also won Best Artist for a radio station that introduces, promotes and supports a local artist to the college platform. Boom introduced Kat Wilson, a former Central music student to the college radio scene with great success.

RadioFlag is an organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting college radio. It presents the RadioStar Awards to celebrate and reward the fresh original content of college radio and elevate it to a larger audience.

The RadioStar awards feature a panel of judges consisting of radio industry professionals, RadioStar Blog writers, and RadioFlag interns who all share a passion for college radio while still ‘keeping it real’.

With Boom Radio confirmed as an international leader, it shows out students are tuned in to original broadcasting.

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Industry Benchmark for Industrial Designers

Year on year Central Industrial Design students out perform student designers across Australia and this year is no exception, with current and former Central students taking out half of all the honours at a recent industry award night.

Central students collected three of a possible six awards at the Australian Furniture Association’s (AFA) Australian Contemporary Emerging (ACE) Design Awards in Melbourne.


The event, held from the 9-12 of July at the Royal Exhibition Building, is designed to promote the development of emerging Australian design talent.

The ACE awards are open to students and practicing designers with the aim of presenting designs to industry for review, critique and discussion related to commercial opportunities and linking designers with manufacturers.


This year approximately 50 designs were selected for the ACE Awards exhibition. Once again, students and recent graduates of the Industrial Design program at Central were by far and away the most widely represented institution.

A highlight of the event was seeing the number of former graduates at the event. It shows not only their commitment to developing a career in design but their ability to compete and perform at the highest level.

The three ACE awards won by either current of former Central students were:

Kristina Melnikova – Moxie Chair

(Current student Advanced Diploma ID)

Kianoosh Kavoosi – Orbit Table

(2014 Graduate Adavanced Diploma ID)

Jack Flanagan / Calum Campbell – Grain Stool

(2012 / 2013 Graduates Advanced Diploma ID)


Making the wins of these designers even more special is the announcement by the AFA that ACE Award Winners would be offered exhibition space at the AFA’s International Pavilion as part of an Australian Trade Mission in the London Design Festival later in the year.

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Top of the table

There is one course at Central that over recent years has seen its students consistently win state awards, national awards and even international recognition- Industrial Design.

It is an area in which we regularly out perform the major design schools of Sydney and Melbourne.  The Industrial Design course at Central (formerly known as 3D Design) creates a unique environment that allows students to express their creativity through the production of highly original, industry-ready, work.

The learning environment and success in design competitions continues to catch both industry and media attention. Here is an article detailing Central’s excellence in this field that has just appeared in Inside Interior Design Review – the premier professional journal for Australian interior architects and designers.



Two big wins at State Training Awards

Central had a couple of major wins at the WA Training Awards at the Convention Centre on Friday evening.

Engineering student Marjan Ghadirian (picture above, left) won the WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Training Award. Marjan only came to Australia in 2010 and is taking giant strides in her goal to gain an engineering degree and ultimately become a fully qualified Mechanical Engineer.

Three out of the four finalists in this category were from Central with the other two being Narges Feyz Bakhsh (Education Support) and Ahmad Sadiqi (Community Services).

Central was also successful in winning the WA International Training Provider of the Year award. This is the third time we have won this award in four years, which is testament to the quality of our programs and services for international students.

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Sarah Emmerson and Jan Tekely, Central’s international team members

Central also had three of the four finalists in the Vocational Student of the Year category.  Congratulations to Leilani Underwood (Education Support) Amanda Guthrie (Human Resource Management) and Terry Taplin (Screen & Media) for their achievements.

Other Central finalists on the night were Holly Johnson (Sport and Recreation), for WA School Based Apprentice of the Year, and Roderick Manton, a trainee studying a Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical Technical), for WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.

Congratulations to Marjan and all the Central students for their achievements in making the finals in their respective categories.

Find out more about the awards at the Training WA website

Find out about studying at Central as an international student