Ap­pren­tice of the Year opens

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The 2014 search for New Zealand and Aus­tralia’s and top ap­pren­tices is set to be­gin, with en­tries for the an­nual pres­ti­gious Snap-on Tools Ap­pren­tice of the Year, open­ing July 1.

The award is in its sixth year, with hun­dreds of ap­pren­tices across heavy ve­hi­cle, ma­rine, avi­a­tion and au­to­mo­tive trades ex­pected to be vy­ing for the top prize.

En­tries will be as­sessed by a judg­ing panel in­clud­ing V8 Su­per­cars Leg­end tech­ni­cal train­ing man­ager Wayne Al­lan, along­side rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Auto Skills Aus­tralia, the Mo­tor Traders’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the Aus­tralian Au­to­mo­tive Af­ter­mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion.

The judges will be on the look­out for ap­pren­tices who have su­pe­rior tech­ni­cal abil­ity, but ex­cel in their knowl­edge, skills and abil­ity, be­com­ing well-rounded and in­formed ap­pren­tices.

The over­all win­ner will take home a prize pack­age val­ued at up to $12,000, in­clud­ing a Snap-on Tools prod­uct pack fea­tur­ing all the es­sen­tials to set an ap­pren­tice up for life, a Flat Black 40-inch Roll Cab to store their tool collection in, and sought-af­ter ac­ces­sories.

Snap-on Tools Ap­pren­tice of the Year also fea­tures the fol­low­ing award cat­e­gories: Ap­pren­tice of the Year Ris­ing Star: for a new ap­pren­tice show­ing talent and prom­ise. Con­tri­bu­tion to Armed Forces: for an ap­pren­tice who goes above and be­yond to ser­vice our armed forces. Cat­e­gory award win­ners will re­ceive a se­lec­tion of prizes val­ued at more than $2,000. En­tries and nom­i­na­tions are open at www.snapon­tools.com.au from July 1 and close 5pm Au­gust 29.

Snap-on Tools Aus­tralia na­tional sales man­ager, Steve Jones, said this year’s com­pe­ti­tion continues to pro­vide recog­ni­tion of hard work­ing ap­pren­tices across Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is tough – and we want it to be. Snap-on Tools prides it­self on putting high qual­ity tools into the hands of tech­ni­cians, me­chan­ics and en­gi­neers across the world. So we’re look­ing for ap­pren­tices who per­son­ify our brand, who are at the top of their game and know that the fu­ture is all theirs,” he said.

“Ap­pren­tices are the back­bone of the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try,” Todd

“There have been many ap­pren­tices who have helped me dur­ing my rac­ing ca­reer and in my re­cent avi­a­tion train­ing, so I’m thrilled to be part of Snap-on’s ef­fort to recog­nise those hard work­ing in­di­vid­u­als.”

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