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Meet our 2017 GTA winners.
Emma Gibson- Trainee / Apprentice of the Year – Women in
Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical.
Emma loves working in fitting and machining. She has enjoys the
practical challenges of the fine detailed work combined with learning
the theory behind her trade training at Hunter-V-Tec. Emma has been an
ambassador for women in trades and is no stranger to winning awards
including the 2017 HVTC Excellence Awards Woman in Non-traditional
Trade Apprentice of the Year, 2016 Hunter Manufacturing Awards
Apprentice of the Year and a Tradesperson Scholarship at the 2015
National Association of Women in Construction Awards. Emma has now
completed her apprenticeship and continues to work as a fitter machinist.
Donald Dundas- Trainee / Apprentice of the Year – Indigenous
Certificate III in Plumbing
Donald is an apprentice plumber who has excelled in his trade. His
ability to learn quickly has seen Donald complete his apprenticeship
over three years and this year won the 2017 NSW Training Awards
Apprentice of the Year – Indigenous award. Donald prides himself in
providing quality work and being a leader in his community. He has
worked with local youth in boxing and wants to inspire the young
people around him to achieve and seek out similar opportunities that
have been afforded to him. A natural leader, role model and proud
family man we salute Donald on his high achievements to date.
Thomas Chapman- Trainee / Apprentice of the Year – Disability
Thomas has had a lot of obstacles to overcome in his life, however he
has always had a passion for motor vehicles and decided from an early
stage in school that he wanted to pursue a mechanical apprenticeship.
Thomas finished Year 12 at school in 2016 and had already undertaken a
VET course in Automotive that allowed him to start his apprenticeship
with a sound understanding of the trade. Outside of work, Thomas
continues his motor vehicle passion and has worked on and rebuilt
several vehicles including his pride and joy a restored Mini that he
uses for travel each day. We are all very much looking forward to
watching Thomas complete his full apprenticeship over the coming years.
Holly Bourke - Trainee / Apprentice of the Year – School Based
Certificate II in Business Services
Holly is completing her Business Services School Based Traineeship.
Throughout her studies, Holly has consistently shown her drive and
determination and is well on her way to a long and successful career
in the banking and finance industry. Holly is an extremely dedicated
young lady who is a role model for other students and is a great
example of how opportunities like school based traineeship can really
mould a young person's life. Holly is an excellent ambassador for not
only GTES, the Commonwealth Bank, TAFE and Inverell High School, but
is also a great advocate for the TVET program as a whole.
Congratulations to all our winning apprentices.