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SWAN View ap­pren­tice Tris­tan Palmer (21) has been named a fi­nal­ist in the WA Ap­pren­tice of the Year awards.

Mr Palmer, who works at Kmart Tyre and Auto in Joon­dalup, said he had been in­ter­ested in me­chan­ics since he was a child.

“My in­ter­est in cars stems back to my dad, who was also a mechanic,” he said.

“I al­ways liked tin­ker­ing around with cars and pulling things apart and put­ting them back to­gether.”

Mr Palmer said it was af­ter he grad­u­ated from Swan View Se­nior High School that he de­cided to turn his love of cars into a ca­reer.

“When I left school I felt pres­sured to get a qual­i­fi­ca­tion and get a job,” he said.

“Fast-for­ward three years and I am just weeks away from com­plet­ing a cer­tifi­cate III in light ve­hi­cle me­chan­i­cal tech­nol­ogy at North Met­ro­pol­i­tan Tafe in Mid­land.

“I have as­pi­ra­tions to work in lead­er­ship roles and I have the over­whelm­ing sup­port from my com­pany, which is con­fi­dent that is where my fu­ture is head­ing.”

If Mr Palmer wins his cat­e­gory in the awards, he will have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent WA in the Aus­tralian Train­ing Awards later this year.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said the awards pro­gram gave fi­nal­ists op­por­tu­ni­ties to take their skills even fur­ther.

“The train­ing sec­tor is key to our eco­nomic fu­ture and our goal is to build a strong train­ing sec­tor to boost the econ­omy and the WA Train­ing Awards sup­port this,” she said.

Win­ners will be an­nounced at a pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Fri­day, Septem­ber 15.

Other in­di­vid­ual fi­nal­ists are York’s Lal­ida Udom­sak, who is vy­ing for the WA Cul­tural Di­ver­sity Train­ing Award, Ben­nett Springs res­i­dent Kumbi­rai Gono, who is in the run­ning for the WA In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent of the Year, and Lau­ren Brunalli, of Maida Vale, for the WA School-based Ap­pren­tice of the Year.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d472211

Ap­pren­tice mechanic Tris­tan Palmer, of Swan View.

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