Camden High Student is Macarthur’s Best

Dec 3, 2014    

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Tayla Ditton (pictured above with host employer Miriam Roberts) is the 2014 Structured Work Placement Student of the Year.  Tayla was one of three finalists announced at the prestigious MG My Gateway Awards recently.

This Award is the result of a joint initiative between MG My Gateway and MWLP – Linking Youth and rewards excellence in HSC VET work placement.

The finalists were carefully chosen from some 3,000 Macarthur students undertaking work placement as part of their Higher School Certificate requirements.

MWLP – Linking Youth has been doing exactly that – linking youth to business and the community for nearly 20 years.  They are the conduit between school and work and arrange thousands of placements each year.

It is a win-win situation for both the student and host employer.  MWLP contacts the employer after each placement to track the student’s performance.  Outstanding achievers are placed on the MWLP-Linking Youth Honour Roll and this list of about 100 students is narrowed down to three exceptional finalists.

The 2014 finalists were:

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Tayla Ditton, from Camden High, nominated by LJ Hooker, Camden.

Brandon Snook, from John Therry Catholic High School, nominated by John Warby Public School, and

Picton High Student, Carlie Elfar, also nominated by LJ Hooker Camden.

Tayla said on receiving her award “This means a lot to me.  It is so exciting to be recognised.  I got so much out of my placement and winning this award is even better.  I really feel like I have achieved something very special”, she said.

Donna McLaren, Deputy Principal, Camden High School was delighted with Tayla’s win.  “She is an outstanding young woman who deserves the recognition for her efforts, hard work and wonderful skills.  The delivery of VET courses and the accompanying Work Placement, allows schools to showcase and present students to the business and community world.  In doing so students get true, authentic wider world experience and employers get to mentor, encourage and develop these young people.  The students at Camden High School are excellent and deserve these opportunities.  We are very proud of Tayla and her Award”, Donna said.

Miriam Roberts, LJ Hooker Franchisor/Director is a strong advocate of the MWLP – Linking Youth Program and takes on many Macarthur students and both Tayla and Carlie, she found, stood head and shoulders above the rest. Miriam said “It seemed like Tayla was a full time employee from day one.  She was extremely efficient, competent and completed everything extremely well.  She is a very confident young lady who really was part of the team and can have a job here any time she likes.”

Tayla is now considering a future in real estate.

Needless to say Tayla’s mum, Sharon, was blown away and “very, very proud”.


Details:  Trudi Haycock Ph: 4625 1863 or email