Stars shine at AiGTS graduation

Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS) hosted an exciting Apprentice & Trainee graduation in Adelaide earlier this year in recognition of 50 graduates who completed their training contracts.

About 150 guests congratulated the graduates on achieving their respective milestones in their chosen vocations.

Graduates completed their contracts of training in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Fabrication, Electrical, Electronics, Technical, Automotive and for the first time, in Business.

A highlight was the graduation of Lauren Brooks from AiGTS Adelaide office, who was
recognised for her Business achievements.

MC Rob Drysdale, State Manager Western Region, welcomed the guests including the graduating Apprentices and Trainees and their family and friends.

Keynote speaker Raymond Garrand, Chief Executive of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, discussed the importance of training in the community.

Mr Garrand congratulated the graduates before presenting them with their respective

Mr Brian Kerwood, Director, Training Services AiGTS then spoke about the path the graduating apprentice’s had travelled relating to their career and how it would affect their future.

Mr Kerwood congratulated Lauren Brooks who was presented with her certificate for
completing her Business Traineeship with AiGTS.

He reaffirmed his passion and endorsement of the AiGTS Apprentice and Trainee Management model and congratulated all staff members involved in assisting the graduates with their achievements.

The graduation ceremony, held at Adelaide Town Hall, was also the venue for recognising the 2011 AiGTS Award recipients.

Mr Doug Loveless, Chairman AiGTS Board, presented awards for the Outstanding School
Based Apprentice and 1st and 2nd Stage Outstanding Apprentice.

Apprentices Scott Goding, Nicholas Galler and Alex Turner received a certificate and cheque for $250.

Mr Werner Lausberg, General Manager, Manufacturing, Engineering & Transport, presented the award for Outstanding 3rd Stage Apprentice to Douglas Brook. This award was a scholarship sponsored by TAFE SA Adelaide North.

Receiving the award for Outstanding 4th stage Apprentice was Aaron Wilamowski. His certificate and cheque for $500 was sponsored by the Office for Youth and was presented by Ms Tiffany Downing, Director of the Office for Youth.

Another highlight was an address by Jock Duncan, a former AiGTS apprentice.

Jock was the recipient of many awards during his Apprenticeship including the outstanding AiGTS 4th stage Apprentice for 2010, finalist for the SA Training Awards Apprentice of the Year 2010 and participant in the Today’s Skills Tomorrow’s Leaders program conducted at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

He spoke with great conviction about his belief in the concept of “living a life of good choices,” not just “choosing to live.”

The audience recognised Jock’s outstanding talent as a motivational speaker.

Guests attended a cocktail function after the Awards at the Adelaide Town Hall.

AiGTS congratulated event organisers Kerrie Campbell and Lauren Brooks and administration staff from AiGTS Adelaide.

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