Scot MacDonald
8th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated Joshua Terras from Jewells and Michael Wilkinson from Mayfield for their success at the 2017 NSW State Training Awards held Thursday evening at Sydney Town Hall.

Joshua Terras won the Top Apprentice in Vehicle Trades Award in recognition of his off-the job training in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment) at TAFE NSW – Hunter, and his work at Komatsu Australia.

Michael Wilkinson won the Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Award in recognition of his off-the-job training in Telecommunications and Engineering Technology at Ramsden Telecommunications Training and his work with Telstra via Programmed Skilled Workforce.

“After completing his apprenticeship, Joshua secured fulltime work at Komatsu’s Mount Thorley workshop diagnosing and repairing heavy machinery, often in remote areas,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Joshua exhibits a commitment to his industry that far exceeds his peers and that’s reflected in him being named the 2016 Komatsu Apprentice of the Year and the fact that he completed three trade qualifications during his apprenticeship.”

Joshua said his training had given him confidence and a great boost to his problem-solving abilities.

VET helped Michael reignite his childhood passion for technology through a telecommunications designer traineeship and he hasn’t looked back,” Mr MacDonald said.

“His aptitude for acquiring new skills, diligent work ethic and natural leadership abilities have earned him a fulltime role at Telstra.”

Michael said he was now focused on furthering his career, “I’ve never been happier - this industry is constantly evolving. There’s so much innovation. So much to see, do and learn,” he said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the annual NSW Training Awards showcased the world class vocational education and training (VET) offered in NSW and acknowledges our very best VET students.

“VET training is helping meet the changing skills needs of our economy and delivering qualifications in fast-growing sectors like information technology, health and aged care, hospitality, fitness and recreation” Mr Barilaro said.

“Students, parents and teachers should see VET as a credible, alternative to university and a pathway to quality jobs and a first choice for satisfying working lives.

“Joshua and Michael’s success is typical of the fantastic outcomes that can be achieved through VET and I wish them all the best in their future careers,” Mr Barilaro said. 

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