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Telwater Apprentice Wins Top Award

Telwater Apprentice Wins Top Award

Telwater is pleased to announce apprentice Beau Jones as the winner of the Australian Industry Trade College Apprentice of the Year for 2011.

The AITC held its annual Industry Celebration Evening (ICE) for 2011 on Saturday, November 5th in celebration of 1st & 2nd Year achievements in Education and to announce the Apprentice of the Year Awards.

The evening is a fantastic annual event for graduates, parents, students, Board of Directors, industry associates, employers and staff of AITC to gather together to recognise and celebrate the efforts the students have put in for the year.

The coveted Apprentice of the Year award is given to the student that has the best attitude towards the work-based and academic side of the course and demonstrates a positive relationship with their employer and their fellow students and teachers.

Beau Jones commenced his 1st year school-based apprenticeship at Telwater in January 2011 and is currently working as a welder in the small boats factory.

He follows a month on, month off roster working at Telwater five days a week, that sees him complete a Certificate III in Engineering focusing on sheet metal fabrication.

Beau comments on the win; "I was really surprised to win and didn't expect it at all. We weren't even planning on going and almost didn't make it but I'm so happy we decided to go".

"I've always been interested in manufacturing and construction after doing metal work at school and heard about AITC, enrolled and got into Telwater as a result," Beau said.

Small Boat Factory Manager Mark Stambera was very pleased to see Beau win the coveted award and said AITC is Telwater's preferred source for apprentices.

"Cooperation with AITC over a number of years has allowed us to recruit the most promising school-based apprentices who often go on to have long term careers at Telwater. We currently have five AITC supplied apprentices on site," Mark said.

"Neither Beau nor his parents were aware that he had been nominated for this award, so it came as a pleasant surprise to them when he was called to receive this award."

Beau received a $1000 tool voucher as his prize and looks forward to what the future holds after he has completed his apprenticeship.

Well done Beau. Keep up the hard work!