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Hard-working apprentice rewarded

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December 08, 2017

Waaia's Joseph Brooks and was announced as GOTAFE's 2017 Apprentice of the Year for Shepparton and Seymour campuses.

Waaia’s Joseph Brooks has taken out the top prize at the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE Trade Awards for the Shepparton and Seymour campuses.

Mr Brooks recently completed a Certificate III in electrotechnology with the institute and is working with CVGT and Howden Enterprises.

He was named the institute’s Apprentice of the Year for Shepparton and Seymour and was one of eight final-year apprentices to receive the Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Award for his learning area.

During the night, 50 awards were presented to outstanding pre-apprentices, and apprentices in their first, second, third and fourth years from automotive, building and construction, electrical, engineering, hairdressing and beauty, hospitality, baking and plumbing.

Mr Brooks said it was an honour to be nominated for the award and he had enjoyed learning at the institute.

‘‘GOTAFE has provided me with technical and interpersonal skills,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve been able to tap into the experience and expertise of my trainers.’’

Mr Brooks enjoys kick boxing and is active in his community, being the Nathalia Young Farmers president.

The institute’s trainer Darren Cook said Mr Brooks was a conscientious student who always tried hard.

‘‘Joseph is truly interested in the subject matter and challenges us as trainers as he often asks curly questions or clarifies the reason why,’’ he said.

‘‘As trainers we need to be organised when we know Joe is in the class.’’

During the year, Mr Brooks has completed the WorldSkills Regional Competition where he received a bronze medal.

He plans to continue working in the electrical industry and would like to get involved in solar and battery storage work.

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