GOTAFE’s Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses held their Annual Trade Awards on Thursday 11 December at the Gateway Quality Hotel, Wangaratta. 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.
Hayden Rowell was announced as GOTAFE’s 2014 Apprentice of the Year for Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses. Hayden an engineering apprentice, was one of seven final year apprentices who were awarded the Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Award for their respective learning areas.
The thirty-year old mature age engineering student is employed by Sue and George Fendyk at Burder Industries, Wangaratta and has completed a Certificate III in Engineering-Fabrication Trade with GOTAFE.
Hayden has inspired other workers in his workplace to follow in his footsteps and make the transition from Trade Assistant to commence an apprenticeship as a mature age student. He is a leader at Burder Industries and a mentor to other apprentices where he continually supports his co-workers in their endeavours to improve their skills and gain the necessary qualifications.
Hayden commends GOTAFE and the training model for his learning and skill development throughout his apprenticeship. Saying it has assisted his learning of elements of the trade that he may not have been exposed to in his day to day work environment.
His passion for the trade doesn’t stop when he finishes work, it extends outside normal working hours to encompass the designing and creating of sculptures, building sheds and trailers. Some of his sculptures are on display at Beechworth & Yackandandah.