Migas celebrates its 25th anniversary in style

Apprentice of the Year Amber Zinke
Every year MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees celebrates the success and achievements of our apprentices, trainees and school based trainees, by holding a MIGAS Awards Night.
This year marked the 25th Anniversary of MIGAS.
The organization played host to 267 guests at a gala dinner in Brisbane to celebrate the occasion.
The Awards night recognizes the hard work of the apprentices, trainees and the Host companies.
It also helps to highlight the benefits of vocational education through apprenticeships and traineeships to industry in Australia.
Industry Update is a proud Media Partner of the Awards.
The QLD Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, was the special guest speaker.
Mr Langbroek congratulated MIGAS on its outstanding record of achievement of the past 25 years.
“Governments cannot do it alone,” Mr Langbroek said. “Organisations like MIGAS make a great contribution to the Queensland and national economy.”
MIGAS CEO David Brown said 25 years in the life of any business is “quite a milestone.”
“Today MIGAS has offices throughout Australia and employs in excess of 700 apprentices and trainees.
“We look forward to the next 25 years with optimism and enthusiasm.”
MIGAS award winners included:
NSW/VIC Overall State School-based Apprentice of the Year 2012
Kate Webber of Reading Cinemas 
(school-based – retail)
Kate is very passionate about whatever she puts her mind to on the job and at school. She takes pride in her work and completes all tasks that are given to her. Kate’s host company, Readings Cinemas, says that Kate has the most infectious disposition; she always has a smile and happy outlook. Kate has embraced and enjoyed the working environment.
NSW/VIC Overall State Trainee of the Year 2012
Luke Gavin of Roadhound Electronics
(trainee – electronics)
Luke has a passion for his role. He is the first one to show you what he is working on and what the fault was. Luke is very committed to his Traineeship and gaining as many skills as possible. Luke has a way of making everyone around him smile and it is evident that he enjoys his work. Roadhound are extremely happy with the level of commitment that Luke shows. They say that he has a high aptitude for the trade and has a “Roadhound” attitude.
NSW/VIC Engineering Fabrication Apprentice of the Year 2012
Simon Savini of JBK Engineering
NSW/VIC Automotive Apprentice of the Year 2012
Corey Merrin of Central Coast Automatics
(apprentice – automotive)
NSW/VIC Combined Industries Apprentice of the Year 2012
Elliot Casey of Flower Power
(apprentice – horticulture)
NSW/VIC Engineering Mechanical of the Year 2012 and NSW/VIC Overall State Apprentice of the Year
Amber Zinke of Hedweld Engineering
(apprentice – fitter)
NSW/VIC Safety Winner of the Year 2012 
Elliot Casey of Flower Power
(apprentice – horticulture)
Elliot was originally employed by MIGAS as a School Based Trainee and is now a 4th year apprentice. Elliot has not had a work place injury during this time. He has had an outstanding attitude to safety from the very beginning of his employment and has been a safety representative at Flower Power for the last couple of years.
NSW/VIC Large Host Employer of the Year 2012
NSW/VIC Small Host Employer of the Year 2012
Bradken Resources Muswellbrook
QLD/WA Overall State School-based Apprentice of the Year 2012
Joshua Strachan of Sunshine Toyota
(school-based – automotive) 
Joshua has shown exceptional drive and passion that is not regularly seen in young men his age. His HRDO Wendy noted that "all he wants to do is be a mechanic and fix cars ... he has never missed a days work since he started and always arrives early and stays late." Josh's host says he will be a great tradesman and is "the most enthusiastic school-based we've ever had." Josh hopes to one day open his own business.
QLD/WA Overall State Trainee of the Year 2012
Jeri-lee Ludwig of Freightquip
(trainee – business administration)
Jeri-lee has shown excellent initiative and maturity in her traineeship, managing projects, leading monthly OH&S meetings, and identifying risks around the workplace. Freightquip's General Manager Stephan Taig is so impressed by Jeri-Lee he often tries to convince her to relocate to Melbourne and work in his office. The Brisbane Branch Manager Jason Powter "couldn't do without her".
QLD/WA Light Vehicle of the Year 2012
Klae Harrison of Action Auto Group
(apprentice – automotive)
QLD/WA Engineering of the Year 2012
Emmet Whitehead of Emersteel Fabricators
(apprentice – boilermaking)
QLD/WA Electrical/Refrigeration of the Year 2012
David Simenauer of Woodlands Pty Ltd
(apprentice – electrical)
QLD/WA Combined Trades of the Year 2012
Marcus Hamill of Roadtek
(apprentice – dual trade instrument and electrical)
QLD/WA Heavy Vehicle of the Year 2012 and
QLD/WA Overall State Apprentice of the Year
Mattheus Van Zyl of CJD Equipment
(apprentice – diesel fitting)
Since the beginning of Matt’s apprenticeship, he has shown a dedication to learning with a keen focus on the job at hand. He regularly takes home tech manuals to study in his free time, and leads by example in his personal presentation, and passion for the job. Matt’s HRDO Jodie says he is the most proactive apprentice she has ever seen, noting that he exudes passion and displays an extraordinary drive. Matt cites his proudest moment in his apprenticeship as completing a repair job that is expected to take 9-10 hours with two people, by himself in 8 hours. Matt also won the award for CJD’s Apprentice of the Year in 2012, and was also MIGAS’s Diesel Fitter of the Year for 2011.
QLD/WA Safety Winner of the Year 2012
Madeleine Furlong of CJD Equipment
(apprentice – spare parts interpreter)
Maddie identified that some equipment had a faulty component, which could have resulted in a trolley spill and subsequent injury. Maddie used her initiative and separated the equipment, reported the fault and evaded a potential workplace injury for her or her colleagues. Maddie has an excellent safety record and has no non-compliances for drug and alcohol testing.
QLD/WA Large Host Employer of the Year 2012
Holmwood Highgate
QLD/WA Small Host Employer of the Year 2012
Hydraulic Specialists Australia
National School-based Apprentice of the Year 2012
Joshua Strachan of Sunshine Toyota
(school-based – automotive) (QLD)
National Trainee of the Year 2012
Jeri-lee Ludwig of Freightquip (trainee – business administration) (QLD)
David Fisher Memorial Award for the National Apprentice of the Year 2012
Amber Zinke of Hedweld
(apprentice – fitter) (NSW)
Amber has been praised as a dedicated, efficient young apprentice with a highly developed work ethic who copes with all tasks in a professional manner. She has an outstanding safety record, consistently setting an example for other apprentices and qualified tradespeople alike.
She is very dependable and is always willing to work overtime to complete her jobs. She has won safety awards with MIGAS in the past for her consistent effort and attitude towards safety. Amber regularly recommends measures to improve production methods, equipment performance and product quality.
Amber’s host Hedweld Engineering says that Amber is a dedicated, efficient young apprentice and displays a highly developed work ethic, coping with all tasks in a professional manner.
Hedweld have said they would be happy to employ Amber permanently at the end of her apprenticeship.

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