2017 Apprentice of the Year Announced for Shepparton and Seymour Campuses


GOTAFE’s Seymour and Shepparton Campuses held their annual Trade Awards on Monday 4 December at the GV Hotel, Shepparton. The awards were attended by over 220 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE Trainers.

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, Baking and Plumbing learning areas.

Joseph Brooks from Waaia took out the top prize and was announced as GOTAFE’s 2017 Apprentice of the Year for Shepparton and Seymour Campuses. Joseph, an Electrical Apprentice, was one of the eight final year Apprentices who were awarded the Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Award for their respective learning areas.

Joseph recently completed Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician) (UEE30811) with GOTAFE and is now working with CVGT and Howden Enterprises.

“I’m honoured to be nominated. I have enjoyed my learning experience at GOTAFE and have always felt supported by my Trainers. GOTAFE has provided me with technical and interpersonal skills. I’ve been able to tap into the experience and expertise of my Trainers.”

GOTAFE Trainer Darren Cook found Joseph to be a very conscientious student who always tried hard.

“Joseph is truly interested in the subject matter and challenges us as Trainers as he often asks curly questions or clarifies the reason why. As Trainers we need to be organised when we know Joe is in the class.”

“I worked at the abattoirs loading trucks for six months after finishing school and then applied for an Electrical Apprenticeship.”

Joseph competed in the WorldSkills Regional Competition this year, receiving a Bronze medal. He is President of the Nathalia Young Farmers and also enjoys kickboxing, reading, traveling.”

Joseph plans to continue working in the electrical industry and would like to get involved in solar and battery storage work. GOTAFE wishes him the greatest success.

GOTAFE will also celebrate the achievements of their Apprentice students from Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses on Wednesday 6 December at the Wangaratta Gateway Hotel.