GOTAFE’s Seymour and Shepparton Campuses held their Annual Trade Awards last night, Monday 8 December at the GV Hotel, Shepparton. The awards were attended by almost 240 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers.
More than 50 awards were presented to outstanding pre-apprentices, and apprentices in their first, second, third and fourth years from the Automotive, Building and Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Hairdressing and Beauty, Hospitality and Plumbing learning areas.
Danielle Rando took out the top prize and was announced as GOTAFE’s 2014 Apprentice of the Year for Shepparton and Seymour Campuses. Danielle was selected from eight final year apprentices who were awarded the Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Award.
The twenty three-year-old hairdressing student and employee at Bright Eyes Hairdressing and Day Spa accepted the prize with her mother, father, husband and her employer there to support her. Danielle said she was thrilled to win the award, but still in shock.
“I am over the moon to win, I still can’t believe I am Apprentice of the Year,” said Danielle.
“It is such an honour to be given that title, it’s a big deal for me and I am very excited, very pleased and also very thankful.
“When I looked around the room last night I saw so many dedicated and talented students and I really can’t believe I was chosen, receiving the award is recognition of my skills, my hard work and passion for what I do, it’s a great feeling.
“I always wanted to work in the hair and beauty industry and after finishing a Certificate II in Beauty through the VET in Schools (VETiS) program, it confirmed what I wanted to do when I finished high school.
“I started my Certificate III in Hairdressing at GOTAFE and was able to transfer some modules from high school to my Certificate III studies, reducing my theory time and allowing me to spend more time in the salon, studying local also meant I didn’t have to worry about transport, food and accommodation and that made it easier for our salon as well.
“GOTAFE trainers were really supportive, they understand that every salon is different and every employer has different needs, so they were able to tailor a learning program that suited both my learning needs and the needs of the salon and they did a lot of my assessments in the salon, which is an environment where I was most comfortable and at ease.
“I think an apprenticeship is the ideal way to get a start in the career you love, you get hands on training while you learn and for me the most rewarding part is helping people to look and feel their best.”
Danielle hopes to one day own her own salon saying that she would like to enrol in a business course to prepare her for running her own business.
For a comprehensive list of winners please click here