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.