Former Forbes resident Taylor Williams has received top honours at the 2019 ACT Training Awards.
Ms Williams won the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award at a ceremony on Saturday, September 12.
Ms Williams said being presented with this award was really empowering and it was great to be share with her family and friends.
Before moving to Canberra when she was in Year Seven, Ms Williams grew up in Forbes, attending Forbes North and studied at Forbes High School.
After leaving for Canberra, Ms Williams began studying a Diploma of Government at the Canberra Institute of Technology.
She completed the Diploma at the end of 2018.
Ms Williams gained employment through the Australian Public Service Indigenous Apprenticeship Programme and began working in the Air Force's Directorate of Organisational Behaviour and Culture.
Since completing her Diploma of Government, Ms Williams began studying a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is now a Learning and Development Officer in the Defence Learning Branch.
Ms Williams said she would like to use this award to promote education and the positives of obtaining qualifications through Vocational Education and Training and Tafe.
"I'm hoping that by sharing my story I can empower others to show how education is a real key to unlocking your potential and I strive to be a positive role model for my community," she said.
Ms Williams will travel to Brisbane on November 18 for the Australian Training Awards.