Tai Tarian employee overcomes health problems to be nominated for award

Wed 28 Mar 2018

A Tai Tarian employee has defied the odds to be shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Independent Living Officer, Chantelle Murphy has been nominated for the Vocational Qualification (VQ) Learner of the Year award which recognise individuals who demonstrate excellence in vocational learning.

Chantelle, 26, who’s worked with Tai Tarain since August 2017 was nominated for showing a determined and committed attitude to her learning despite suffering from a life-threatening Subarachnoid Brain Haemorrhage in December 2016 and being hospitalised for a long period.  The condition affected her speech, which led to a series of speech therapy sessions and forced her to take a break from her studies.

Despite this setback, Chantelle showed considerable commitment and determination to return to her studies and complete both her Level 2 and Level 3 Business Apprenticeship qualifications.  She has now moved on to study for an Institute of Leadership and Management Level 4 qualification. 

Speaking about her nomination, Chantelle said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be nominated for this award.  I’ve really enjoyed studying for these qualifications and the knowledge I’ve gained has really helped me in my job. 

It’s been challenging at times to balance my studies, work, family commitments and health issues, but I’ve been fortunate to receive a lot of support from my tutors, colleagues and family.”

Leah Mana, Independent Living Team Leader at Tai Tarian said:
“Chantelle really deserves to be shortlisted for this award.  Despite her health problems, she has shown a remarkable determination to succeed with studies and in her career with us.  She’s a very popular member of the team and we all wish her luck at the awards ceremony.”

The VQ Learner of the Year awards are organised jointly by the Welsh Government, the National Training Federation for Wales, Qualifications Wales and Colegau Cymru.  The awards ceremony will be held on 3rd May 2018 at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff.