Nicole Benson.

Bendigo TAFE celebrated the achievements of its top students and graduates at its graduation and awards ceremony on Monday.

Diploma of Community Services student, Nicole Benson took out the top prize being named the 2018 Bendigo TAFE Student of the Year.

The ceremony at the Ulumbarra Theatre recognised students from the Class of 2018 across health and community, professional and creative, food and fibre, automotive, foundations and pathways, construction and industrial, and Indigenous study areas.

More than 160 graduates from Bendigo City, Charleston Road, Echuca and Castlemaine campuses attended the event.

The annual ceremony highlights the vital role of vocational education and training in transforming lives.