AiGTS shines at VIC Training Awards

The Victorian Training Awards are one of the ways the Victorian Government rewards
outstanding achievements and innovations in vocational education and training.

The Awards recognise the valuable contribution of apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, employers, training providers and industry in building a world-class vocational
education and training system in Victoria.

For the first time in AiGTS history they produced two winners at the Awards ceremony in Melbourne.

Rhylee Deas, Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year and Callan Ridge, Apprentice of the Year are both supported by AiGTS.

They will now represent AiGTS at the upcoming National Training Awards to be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, Homebush on November 19.

Rhylee and Callan proudly received their awards with the strong support of their families and host representatives.

Callan Ridge
Callan was awarded top apprentice in his field at BRIT, in both first and second stage.

Now in the third stage of his Engineering Mechanical Apprenticeship, hosted to W McCulloch Hydraulic Engineers in Bendigo Callan has undertaken a variety of training extras.

This includes the completion of accredited modules in Computer Aided Design towards his Diploma in Engineering to employed his career options.

He also won the Best Apprentice at the Manufacturing and Engineering Skills Advisory
Board Awards earlier this year and recently went to Canberra in the Today’s Skills,
Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.

Rhylee Deas
Now in Year 12, Rhylee is hosted to J.C.

Butko Engineering in Wodonga. He has received recognition for his studies at Riverina
Institute of TAFE and hopes to gain a full time apprenticeship in Boilermaking at the end of the year.

He received the The Emma George Junior Sporting Scholarship at the Australia Day Awards in 2009, acknowledging his rowing accomplishments at both a local and national

Both winners received $10,000 to further their careers.

National Group Training Manager, Dean Arundell said: “This is a watershed moment for AiGTS.

“We came close in the recent South Australian awards with three out of the four finalists representing AiGTS.

“We put a lot of time and effort to ensuring that our quality apprentices and trainees are recognised and rewarded for their efforts and this is the icing on the cake.”

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