Apprentices and trainees recognised at awards night

East Coast Apprenticeships
Jack Dempsey congratulating East Coast Apprenticeships Bundaberg's Apprentice of the Year for Engineering Adrian Morris and mother Kathleen McPherson.

East Coast Apprenticeships has named this year’s best trainees, apprentices and employers currently registered through the training organisation.

Each year the organisation celebrates with its 2019 Training Awards recognising outstanding apprentices, trainees, host employers and STAR students.

East Coast Apprenticeships Bundaberg Branch Manager Mark Vincent said the annual awards night featured some outstanding employees.

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Host Employer of the Year for Apprenticeships (Murchie Constructions Project Manager Bill Harrison with Mayor Jack Dempsey)

“Many of our current host employers have said that their award-winning apprentices and trainees are the best apprentices that they have had,” Mark said.

“The winning apprentices and trainees have great attention to detail and instructions given, are very respectful and professional and consistently produce a high quality of workmanship.

“Queensland is in great hands and I look forward to seeing how much further they will develop in the future.”

Mark said East Coast also celebrated three students from the Bundaberg Special School who had completed the STAR program.

The STAR program is a work placement opportunity for special needs student from the Bundaberg Special School, who participate for two hours, one day a week for four weeks.

Mayor Jack Dempsey attended the awards to congratulate the East Coast Apprenticeships award winners in person.

“It was fantastic to be at these awards to see local employers investing in their people to build a stronger future,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“Council and other employers are taking positive action to reduce the high rate of youth unemployment.

“Council has 42 apprentices and trainees across the organisation.

“The quality of local apprentices is outstanding. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

Mark said the winners of last night’s awards would now attend another formal video interview to be considered for East Coast’s overall state awards, to be held in Brisbane in October 2019.

East Coast Apprenticeships Bundaberg 2019 award winners:

Apprentice of the Year for Electrical (L-R, Mark Vincent, TAFE Electrical Teacher Merv King, apprentice Daniel Vincent and host employer QSL Electrical Supervisor Bob McDougall)
  • STAR Student of the Year – Rhiannon Gregory, Stephanie Andrews & Stuart Urquhart
  • Engineering Trades Apprentice – Adrian Morris
  • Furnishing Trades Apprentice – Bill Read
  • Electrical Trade Apprentice – Daniel Vincent
  • Carpentry Apprentice – Bryce Smith
  • Trainee of the Year – Tahliya Fullin & Jade Ward
  • Host Employer of the Year – Trainees – CQ Building Supplies
  • Host Employer of the Year – Apprentices – Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd