2015 Apprentice of the Year Announced

The annual GOTAFE Trade Awards were held this week in both Shepparton and Wangaratta, celebrating the achievements of over 100 outstanding apprentices.

The events, attended by over 500 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers, recognised 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, Baking and Plumbing learning areas.

Michael Chapman was announced as GOTAFE’s 2015 Apprentice of the Year for Shepparton and Seymour Campuses. Michael recently completed Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined) (FDF30710) with GOTAFE while working at Beechworth Bakery in Echuca.

Michael began his studies in a completely different field, studying 3D animation at university in Melbourne while living in Bendigo. As a part time job, he worked at Eagle Boys Pizza which turned into a management role. In January 2012, Michael commenced a full time apprenticeship contract at Beechworth Bakery in Echuca following a lead from one of his mates and will complete his contract in 2015.

Hugh Haugen took out the top prize as GOTAFE’s 2015 Apprentice of the Year for Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses. Hugh recently completed Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413) with GOTAFE while working with RB & BJ Brown Pty Ltd in Corryong.

Trainer Len Redfern describes Hugh as an ‘Old Steam Train’ because of his consistent, diligent and positive attitude to his work and studies.

GOTAFE wishes both students the greatest success in the future.


Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Awards – Shepparton & Seymour Campuses




Award Student Name Employer
Automotive Apprentice Achievement Award Gregory Gallus GTES & Hartwigs
Engineering Apprentice Achievement Award Thomas Farrell Nestle Australia
Building and Construction Apprentice Achievement Award John Mason The Apprenticeship Factory & CS Halsall Builder
Electrical Apprentice Achievement Award Benjamin Pearson The Apprenticeship Factory & Completecoms
Plumbing Apprentice Achievement Award Mitchell Bell Phantoms Plumbing
Hairdressing Apprentice Achievement Award Samantha Renden N/A
Commercial Cookery Apprentice Achievement Award Simone Corcoran Sebastian’s Restaurant – Wyndhamere Motel
Baking Apprentice Achievement Award Michael Chapman Beechworth Bakery – Echuca


Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Awards – Wangaratta & Benalla Campuses




Award Student Name Employer
Automotive Apprentice Achievement Award Matthew Roczniak Woollards Auto Body Works 
Engineering Apprentice Achievement Award Cody McConville-Coombs RMR Engineering
Building and Construction Apprentice Achievement Award Kai Duursma Superior Joinery – Merriwa Industries
Electrical Apprentice Achievement Award Sam Bowers Muraca Electrical
Plumbing Apprentice Achievement Award Hugh Haugen RB & BJ Brown
Hairdressing Apprentice Achievement Award Carly Roberts Alison & Co Hair Body Beauty
Hospitality Apprentice Achievement Award Melanie Pahina Alpine Health