2019 Skillset Christmas Scholarship Recipients

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2019 Skillset Christmas Scholarship Recipients

BY Skillset 18 Dec, 2019

Skillset has awarded their annual Skillset Christmas Scholarships which is a $500 prize awarded to two individuals from around the Central West and Orana region, who have excelled in their area of education or employment.

Skillset CEO, Craig Randazzo says, “the Skillset Christmas Scholarship aims to encourage recipients to continue on their career development journey and spend the prize in a way which supports ongoing learning.”

James Chamberlain
James Chamberlain is currently completing a Boilermaker Apprenticeship with Moolarben Coal Operations in Mudgee and was announced as one of the 2019 Scholarship winners. James has been acknowledged as a dedicated and compassionate student with a significant passion and natural talent for the trade.

“James is level headed and takes a calm calculated approach in all that he does. This shows through in the quality of the work he completes in the early stages of his career. For the year ahead, I look forward to James achieving an early completion of his apprenticeship and looking further at expanding his studies in the engineering field”, says Moolarben Coal Operations Maintenance Superintendent, Sam Ritchie.

James says, “an apprenticeship has been the most valuable career pathway I could’ve taken. The balance of theory at TAFE NSW, with the onsite training from Moolarben’s qualified tradespeople has helped me to become a skilled tradesman.”

Earlier this year, James competed against twelve TAFE NSW students and was further awarded as a Regional Winner in the Construction Steel Work and Welding Regional WorldSkills Competition. He will now go on to compete in Perth at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships in August 2020. It is with intention that this scholarship will assist James with covering some of the associated costs of this trip.

James added, “I am incredibly grateful to have been considered for this Scholarship. This will assist with the travel costs associated with competing at World Skills Championships in Perth and knowing I have a team of people supporting me, has made me even more determined to succeed.”

Karl Anderson
Karl Anderson, who is currently completing a Skills4Trade Industry Preparation Course at TAFE NSW Dubbo, was announced as one of the 2019 Scholarship winners. Karl is supported by the Clontarf Foundation and is a proud Wiradjuri Man. He is currently working part time whilst coaching a local rugby league team.

“Karl’s a strong communicator and team player. A student who’s a quick learner and not afraid to ask questions. With such natural talent and interest in the trade industry, I would love to see Karl become job-ready by learning practical skills at TAFE NSW as part of an apprenticeship. He has passion and skill, and I look forward to seeing where his career takes him”, says TAFE NSW Teacher, Terry Patterson.

Karl says, “the Skills4Trade course provided me with a hands-on learning environment which allowed me to gain a pre-apprenticeship qualification while most importantly learning how to perform tasks safely. With the New Year in sight, I’m really hoping to enrol into another course or commence an apprenticeship in mechanics or mining.”
Karl added, “I am incredibly grateful to have been considered for the Skillset Christmas Scholarship. Through this Skills4Trade course, I’ve found my passion and this Scholarship will help me to purchase the equipment I need or enrol in a course which will drive me closer to achieving my career goals.”

Congratulations to James and Karl for their achievements! We look forward to following them on their career journey. 

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