Ap­pren­tices hon­oured

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Four of Be­nalla’s out­stand­ing young ap­pren­tices were hon­oured last Thurs­day at the Be­nalla Lions Ap­pren­tice En­cour­age­ment Awards.

Win­ners Jessie Ryan, Brad Spencer, Jeremy Hy­land and Judd Duscher re­ceived cer­tifi­cates and $500 gift vouch­ers from sponsors Mitre 10 and De­latite Steel.

The Lions Club of Be­nalla runs the awards cer­e­mony ev­ery year to hon­our ded­i­ca­tion, hard work and out­stand­ing per­for­mance from lo­cal ap­pren­tices in their cho­sen field.

Goul­burn Ovens In­sti­tutes of TAFE’s Bren­dan Ro­gash in­tro­duced the award win­ners to a packed room at the Be­nalla Bowls Club and dis­cussed the process by which they were se­lected.

Hair­dress­ing ap­pren­tice Jessie Ryan, who was cheered on by her mother Sarah and work col­league Shan­non Goss, was awarded for her work at Hair Manor.

Brad Spencer, who is a Fit­ter and Turn­ing ap­pren­tice at D & R Hen­der­son, cel­e­brated his win with part­ner Kim Howe.

Judd Duscher is an ap­pren­tice cab­i­net maker with Strait­line Join­ery. He was cheered on by his par­ents Terry and Jenny, and his part­ner Bri­anna McCall.

Jeremy Hy­land is also a fit­ter and turn­ing ap­pren­tice, he was joined by his em­ploy­ers Colin and Joy De­sailly of De­sailly Engi­neer­ing.

Jeremy, who is half­way through the sec­ond year of his ap­pren­tice­ship, said he did not ex­pect to be win­ning any awards when he ap­plied for the pro­gram.

‘‘When I took the job I just thought it’s a good op­por­tu­nity to earn a ticket and it’s a trade that can get my life on track,’’ he said.

‘‘In the fu­ture I’d like to build on this and get more tick­ets, more trades and have more to fall back on.’’

Be­nalla Lions Ap­pren­tice­ship En­cour­age­ment Awards co­or­di­na­tor Gra­ham Mil­ner said he was pleased with the event and proud of the win­ners.

‘‘I was pleased with how it all went, ex­cept for a dodgy mi­cro­phone,’’ he said.

‘‘I like to make a bit of a song and dance about see­ing so many part­ners and em­ploy- ers at­tend­ing be­cause it shows that they’ve got great faith in their ap­pren­tices.’’

Award win­ners are se­lected from a short­list of ap­pren­tices sup­plied by GOTAFE.

‘‘Bren­dan Ro­gash has been as­sist­ing Lions for a num­ber of years in ask­ing the train­ers for the names of ap­pren­tices who live and work in Be­nalla,’’ Mr Mil­ner said.

‘‘That is sup­plied to us with a rec­om­men­da­tion of suit­able ap­pren­tices.

‘‘We se­lect from that list four young­sters to re­ceive our en­cour­age­ment awards.

‘‘I’d like to say a big thanks to Mitre 10 and De­latite Steel and Engi­neer­ing for their fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance in giv­ing the $500 vouch­ers.

‘‘The in­tent of that $500 is that it goes to­wards the tools of trade that are needed by the ap­pren­tices.’’

Proud mo­ment: Be­nalla Lions pres­i­dent Peter Poels, GOTAFE’s Bren­dan Ro­gash, Judd Duscher, Brad Spencer, Jessie Ryan, Be­nalla Lions’ Gra­ham Mil­ner and Jeremy Hy­land.

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