Local apprentices scoop awards
Local apprentices scooped the awards at Gotafe’s Benalla and Wangaratta campuses annual Gotafe Trade Awards Gala Dinner last Wednesday, December 5 at the Wangaratta Turf Club.
Awards were presented as recognition of the achievements of 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.
This year, Paul de Gelder was the special guest speaker and spoke to guests about his life journey that led him to a career as a navy diver, how he survived a shark attack in Sydney Harbour where he lost an arm and a leg, and how he now travels the world as at top motivational speaker, passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to school kids.
Five locals were awarded for their efforts with Yarrawonga Glass apprentice Thomas Dow taking out the Outstanding 1st year Apprentice (Glass and Glazing) in the building sector.
In the plumbing sector Coulter’s Plumbing apprentice Alexander Castle took out the Outstanding 1st year Apprentice (plumbing).
In the electrical sector there were three locals who won awards including; Thompson Electrical Group’s Jesse Richey who won the Outstanding 2nd year Apprentice (electrical) and two from Yarrawonga Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Bodhi Butts with the Outstanding 2nd Year Apprentice (airconditioning and refrigeration) and Kade Ferguson with the Outstanding 3rd year apprentice (airconditioning and refrigeration).