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Apprentices’ work pays off

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December 15, 2017

GOTAFE board chair Joanne Dwyer and GOTAFE team leader of automotive and engineering Jim Baker present Wayne Furmston with an outstanding second year apprentice award. PHOTO: Cobram Photographics.

GOTAFE board chair Joanne Dwyer and GOTAFE team leader of automotive and engineering Jim Baker present Samuel Elder with an outstanding first year apprentice award. PHOTO: Cobram Photographics

Two Cobram metal fabrication apprentices took home awards at GOTAFE Shepparton and Seymour campuses’ annual trade awards last week.

The awards were attended by more than 220 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers.

Cobram’s Samuel Elder picked up the outstanding first-year apprentice gong and Strathmerton’s Wayne Furmston claimed the outstanding second-year apprentice award.

Samuel, 18, works at Murray Valley Marine and said his love of metal fabrication was fostered at school.

‘‘I enjoyed metal class at school and that led to work experience,’’ he said.

‘‘I was offered the apprenticeship after a bit of work experience and I’m really enjoying it.

‘‘Winning the award was a real shock but I am very pleased and proud to win it.’’

Employed at CPE Construction in Cobram, Wayne, 18, said he was proud to win the award but was shocked to hear his name called.

‘‘I enjoy making stuff and take a hands-on approach to most things, so I’m loving my apprenticeship,’’ he said.

‘‘I got into metal fabrication by mucking around with stuff in the shed at home.

‘‘I developed that in metal work at school and went on to the apprenticeship.

‘‘CPE is a great place to work and I’m really thankful for the opportunity they have given me.’’

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