Incredible young people from across Western NSW were recognised at the 2018 Western Training Awards Gala Night held at the Orange Ex-Services Club, last Friday.

Skillset Workforce had four finalists in the Apprentice of the Year Awards including, Mathew Harvey, (PJL Group-Orange), Joseph Duffy (PJL Group – Orange), Kevin Sawdy (JA&T Grives Bricklaying – Bathurst), and Laura Burgett (Spatial Services – Bathurst). Courtney Hogan (Dubbo Regional Council – Rainbow Cottage Child Care Centre) was also named as a finalist for Trainee of the Year.  We were lucky to have Skillset Workforce Apprentice Mathew Harvey win the prestigious 2018 Apprentice of the Year at the Western Training Awards Gala Night held at the Orange Ex-Services Club, last Friday.

Mathew, who completed his apprenticeship in February, was employed by Skillset Workforce and hosted by PJL Group for the four years of his apprenticeship in Certificate III Engineering-Fabrication Trade. Mathew embarked on an engineering apprenticeship as a mature age student after previously working for a construction company and knew that becoming a qualified tradesman would provide him with further opportunity. Since completing his apprenticeship, Mathew is now a Leading Hand at PJL Group having been immediately promoted from an apprentice to a Team Manager. An amazing achievement for a newly qualified tradesman.

Mathew will now proceed to the next stage of the Training Awards as a State Finalist for the NSW  2018 Apprentice of the Year Award held later in the year.

Our Finalists for Apprentice of the Year: 

Mathew Harvey – Skillset Workforce 

Mathew completed his apprenticeship in Engineering-Fabrication Trade with Host Employer PJL Group. Mat is a very reliable, enthusiastic and committed young person. He especially excels at being a positive leader and his awareness of safety policy within the workplace.

Joseph Duffy – Skillset Workforce

Joe completed his apprenticeship in Engineering – Mechanical Trade with Host Employer PJL Group. Joe is a dedicated employee and has an inspiring drive to continue to push forward with his engineering career.

Kevin Sawdy – Skillset Workforce 

Kevin completed his apprenticeship in Bricklaying with Host Employer Jim Grives from JA & T Grives Bricklaying. Kevin has been an outstanding apprentice with his trade/technical skills being particularly impressive. Kevin was a part of the Bathurst team for the 2017 competition. They won the national competition, making them Australia’s best bricklaying apprentices.

Laura Burgett – Skillset Workforce 

Laura completed her apprenticeship in Print Communications with Host Employer Spatial Services. Laura has been an extremely impressive apprentice. Her achievements have been recognised by winning both the 2017 NSW Heidelberg – Lithographic Institute Association Award and 2017 Skillset Apprentice of the Year Award.

Our Finalist for Trainee of the Year: 

Courtney Hogan – Skillset Workforce 

Courtney completed her apprenticeship in Community Services – Early Childhood Education and Care with Host Employer Dubbo Regional Council – Rainbow Cottage Child Care Centre. Courtney was nominated for this award due to her dedication to all aspects of her life including study, employment and community sports involvement. Her passion for helping teach younger generations at such an important stage of their lives shines through.

Skillset is extremely proud of all of our finalists and all their acheivements during their apprenticeship and traineeship. We congratulate them and wish them well for the future, which are very bright!

Check out the photos of the event below: