Ap­pren­tices recog­nised

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

TWO Bright-based trades peo­ple have topped the class in the fi­nal year of their ap­pren­tice­ships.

Tayla Lewis and Darcy Sholl were named Out­stand­ing Fi­nal Year Ap­pren­tices re­spec­tively in hair­dress­ing and beauty and build­ing con­struc­tion when Goul­burn Ovens In­sti­tute of TAFE handed out their 2018 awards re­cently.

Ms Lewis, a for­mer Mar­ian Col­lege stu­dent, is a hair­dresser at Bright Coif­fure while Mr Sholl is a builder with DTM Con­struc­tion Ser­vices.

Both were also nom­i­nated for Over­all Ap­pren­tice of the Year.

It was the third time Ms Lewis has won ap­pren­tice of the year, hav­ing claimed the award in the first two years of her train­ing.

She will soon be fully qual­i­fied af­ter not giv­ing much thought to a ca­reer as a hair­dresser un­til af­ter she fin­ished school.

“I did a Cer­tifi­cate II in my gap year to see if I liked it and then went look­ing for an ap­pren­tice­ship,” Ms Lewis said.

“I walked in here at a good time and have re­ally en­joyed it, (her boss) Lynne (Sgam­bel­loni) is a great teacher, I’ve learnt so much from her and have loved work­ing with such a close group of girls.”

Ms Sgam­bel­loni has now had mul­ti­ple stu­dents recog­nised for their craft in­clud­ing two pre­vi­ous over­all ap­pren­tice of the year re­cip­i­ents.

“I think Tayla’s about my 11th ap­pren­tice and she’s go­ing to be my last one as I’m hang­ing the scis­sors up af­ter 38 years in Barnard Street,” Ms Sgam­bel­loni said.

“She’s been amaz­ing to teach, re­ally keen to learn and to try ev­ery­thing and is just a lovely girl too.”

Dean Wil­liams from DTM Con­struc­tion Ser­vices was the also full of praise for his award­win­ning ap­pren­tice Darcy Sholl.

“Darcy is our se­nior ap­pren­tice who’s work ethic and at­ten­tion to de­tail is sec­ond to none,” he said.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions must also go to Jai Dyk­stra, our fore­man, who has trained Darcy since he started with us.”

Three Myrtle­ford ap­pren­tices also claimed awards on the night with Luke Hodgkin­son of Mu­raca Plump­ing the Out­stand­ing Fi­nal Year Ap­pren­tice in his field.

Chris Thompson who works at Carter Holt Har­vey, was the Out­stand­ing Third Year Ap­pren­tice in en­gi­neer­ing while Brody Brown em­ployed at GSM Mo­bile En­gi­neer­ing col­lected Out­stand­ing First Year Ap­pren­tice hon­ours.

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