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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