Sydney apprentice strikes gold with Blackwoods

A young Western Sydney apprentice has won prizes totalling $25,000 thanks to Blackwoods, a leading supplier of workplace needs.

Jesse Fong, the lucky winner of Blackwood’s annual Trade Team catalogue competition, was handed his prizes at a special celebration BBQ at Wetherill Park TAFE College in April.

The annual Blackwoods Trade Team catalogue offers all the tools, safety gear and other related products to assist young apprentices in setting themselves up for their future chosen trade. The catalogue also assists apprentices with special pricing and bonus deals to help extend their dollar further.

Any eligible apprentice who purchased from the catalogue was given an entry into the Trade Team prize draw, with a first prize of more than $37,000 in products and vouchers.

Jesse’s entry was drawn from a pool of hundreds of entrants nationally.

His budding career has received a massive boost after taking home prizes including $10,000 worth of Blackwoods products and a voucher valued at $15,000.

With the voucher Jesse can choose anything from a Time of Your Life travel or a ticket
voucher to attend a sporting event of his choice.

Or he can choose a Life Learning travel and ticket voucher to attend any relevant industry, trade event or training seminar anywhere in the world.

He can make a donation to any community organisation or sports club. He can also choose lifestyle products including entertainment equipment, sports equipment and vehicles or clothing vouchers.

Jesse’s employer Australian company Vawdrey also received $5000 worth of Blackwoods

And his TAFE College, Wetherill Park, can also select $5000 worth of goods to assist in the training of future tradespeople.

A $2000 travel voucher to assist his teacher, Paul Miller, to attend an educational training course of his choice was also awarded.

About 150 of Jesse’s colleagues and family attended the BBQ hosted by Blackwoods on

Blackwoods is Australia’s leading supplier of industrial and safety products. Part of the Wesfarmers Group since 2001, Blackwoods has knowledgeable, technically qualified and experienced staff operating from more than 80 locations across Australia.

Blackwoods has always been a strong supporter of apprentices and trainees.

Jesse enrolled in an Automotive, Aeroskills, Transport and Logistics course at Wetherill Park TAFE last year.

He hopes to become a well-known heavy vehicle mechanic and have his own business one day.

So how will he use his winnings?

“I hope to put the money into a term deposit or similar, he says.

“I probably won’t ever get an opportunity like this again, so I don’t want to part with it too soon.”

And would he encourage other young girls and guys to take up an apprenticeship?

“Absolutely, it’s a great start to a great career,” he says.

Jesse is one of a record number of apprentices now in training across Australia.

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