Maxwell a bright light of his field
TWENTY-YEAR-OLD apprentice electrician Maxwell Fitzsimmons had a quiet one on Friday night after being named Skill 360 Australia’s apprentice of the year.
The Edmonton man was busy helping on projects around the house on Saturday morning, so a hangover was out of the question.
Mr Fitzsimmons beat 26 nominees for the prestigious award and said he was not expecting to take the top honour.
He has just finished the third year of a four-year apprenticeship with Cairns Regional Council. “It was a surprise,” he said. “I wanted to become an electrician for all sorts of reasons, but mainly, my dad is a sparky, so I grew up with him around me fixing stuff.”
Whether he has to move, or set up his own business, Mr Fitzsimmons is looking forward to progressing his career after his training has finished.
The awards night was held at the Centre of Contemporary Art on Abbott St.
Queensland Health’s Nedhtalia Nona was named VTEC participant of the year and Admin Group Services and CCW Cabinet Works host employers of the year.
The Dale Kennedy Memorial award went to apprentice electrician Cameren Ogilvie, Cairns Regional Council’s Sterling Beal received the training excellence award and trainee of the year was Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s Melissa Sendra.
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