Con­grat­u­la­tions, Josh

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

Awarded at the Wagga Wagga Rules Club, the Corowa High School stu­dent took out the Rive­rina re­gion’s school-based Trainee of the Year award.

Josh is cur­rently in his sec­ond year of a Cer­tifi­cate II in En­gi­neer­ing at Ri­valea Aus­tralia, work­ing with them one day a week whilst also tack­ling Year 12 stud­ies.

When asked what makes Joshua a wor­thy win­ner of the ap­pren­tice/trainee of the year award, Em­ploy­ment and De­vel­op­ment Man­ager of Ri­valea Aus­tralia, Vicki Clay­ton, sin­gled out his work ethic.

“Def­i­nitely his abil­ity to fit in with the team, he’s only a young fella but he ac­tu­ally fits in with the model of our team re­ally well,” she told The Free Press.

“He asks lots of ques­tions in the work place and al­ways wants to do his best, he’s got quite a good an­a­lyt­i­cal mind as well so the ques­tions that he asks are re­ally per­ti­nent to what he’s cur­rently do­ing and learn­ing.”

Joshua also re­cently had a se­ri­ous op­er­a­tion and missed a few months to­wards the end of last year and be­gin­ning of this year.

“He con­tin­ued to study whilst he couldn’t do any phys­i­cal work with us be­cause he wasn’t fit for du­ties, but he still con­tin­ued to do his off-the-job train­ing and got through that side of it,” Ms Clay­ton said, out­lin­ing his per­se­ver­ance dur­ing an up­hill bat­tle.

Ms Clay­ton ad­mit­ted that it makes her proud to see one of her em­ploy­ees be the re­cip­i­ent of such a wor­thy award.

“It’s re­ally good, and I think it just dis­plays the char­ac­ter of the kid that he can com­mit to work­ing with us one day a week, is do­ing his Year 12 stud­ies, a Cert II in en­gi­neer­ing and hav­ing a se­ri­ous op­er­a­tion - still com­ing out the other end and do­ing re­ally well,” she said.

Joshua dis­plays strong lead­er­ship qualities through his ap­point­ment as House Cap­tain, his var­i­ous sport­ing in­ter­ests, his rep­re­sen­ta­tion du­ties at An­zac Day cer­e­monies and his fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Joshua was one of four fi­nal­ists for his se­lected cat­e­gory and will now rep­re­sent the Rive­rina re­gion in the state fi­nals later this year.

Corowa’s Joshua Bartlett was one of six win­ners of the 2018 NSW Rive­rina Train­ing Awards held on Fri­day, June 8.

Corowa’s Joshua Bartlett will rep­re­sent the Rive­rina re­gion in the state fi­nals af­ter suc­cess­fully tak­ing out the school-based ap­pren­tice of the year award in Wagga.

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