Michael is an out­stand­ing ap­pren­tice


THIRD year ap­pren­tice Michael Broad has been named GOTAFE’s out­stand­ing fi­nal year ap­pren­tice for 2018 at their an­nual awards night on De­cem­ber 3.

The awards saw the TAFE provider recog­nise the achieve­ments of ap­pren­tice stu­dents at a gala din­ner, at­tended by ap­pren­tices, their em­ploy­ers, busi­ness own­ers and guests.

Awards were pre­sented to ap­pren­tices in the first, sec­ond, third or fourth years from au­to­mo­tive, build­ing and con­struc­tion, elec­tri­cal, engineering, hair and beauty, hos­pi­tal­ity, bak­ing and plumb­ing learn­ing ar­eas.

Michael was also an award win­ner at past year’s cer­e­mony for his Cer­tifi­cate III in Mo­tor­cy­cle Me­chan­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy.

The Nan­neella lo­cal is work­ing at Rochester Mo­tor­cy­cles on Moore St while com­plet­ing his TAFE stud­ies and work­ing on a Kawasaki Ze­phyr 750 project bike.

‘‘It was good to learn things at TAFE and then have that re­in­forced at work, or the other way around some­times,’’ he said.

While he only had to re­build the en­gine for his stud­ies, he de­cided to take it a step fur­ther and re­build the bike from the ground-up — the only thing he didn’t do solo was paint it.

The whole project took 14 weeks, with only mi­nor touches left to go for the bike.

And as for the award, he takes it all in his stride.

‘‘It was pretty good to re­ceive the award and good to see the hard work has paid off this year,’’ he said.

Michael worked closely with his trainer Ge­off Beer, who said he had come along in strides.

‘‘Michael is just an all-round good guy — he’s con­sci­en­tious and ded­i­cated,’’ he said.

‘‘The re­build was his last unit and he did an amaz­ing job on that bike.’’

The praise was sim­i­lar from his em­ploy­ers Brian and Kate Mur­phy from Rochester Mo­tor­cy­cles.

‘‘We’re very proud of him for the work he’s done on it — it’s ter­rific,’’ they said.

Michael hopes to con­tinue work­ing at Rochester Mo­tor­cy­cles ‘‘for a few years’’ be­fore po­ten­tially work­ing on the fam­ily farm.

Michael Broad is work­ing at Rochester Mo­tor­cy­cles while com­plet­ing his TAFE stud­ies.

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