Lo­cal ap­pren­tices scoop awards

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

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).

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