Posts Tagged ‘Apprentice of the Year’

  • John Billett takes Tassie Apprentice of the Year gong

    John Billett from Foot and Playsted in Launceston has been announced as winner of the 2012 Tasmanian Apprentice of the Year Award.

    Billett (pictured) received his award along with a $1000 cheque from Heidelberg at a ceremony in Hobart during August 2013  sponsored by Media Super.

    Interviews were conducted earlier this year in Launceston and Hobart by Printing Industries State Manager, Victoria and Tasmania, Joan Grace, and Craig Pearce of Flying Colours Printing. Five apprentices were interviewed.

    “We had an incredibly tough job choosing a winner when all of the candidates came with such high recommendation from their employers,” Grace said. “Each of the apprentices nominated were of a very high calibre and a reflection of the high standards held by the printing industry in Tasmania. We were blown away by the quality of the work they presented, and the depth of knowledge and passion displayed by all the nominees.

    “It is, however, a competition and we had to make a decision. John is an apprentice who has made considerable progress since completing his apprenticeship and someone who we are confident will make a contribution to the industry for many years to come,” she said.

    Pearce, a first time judge, said he was surprised at the quality of the apprentices interviewed.

    “They all displayed a high quality of professionalism with exceptional interaction skills and demonstrated with transparency their commitment and enthusiasm for the industry,” he said. “John, our winner, was a standout in many ways, with a very high degree of industry knowledge.

    “He illustrated confidently his motivation to become a major contributor to the company he works for, and he acknowledged them for their commitment to his training,” said Pearce. “John is a young man with massive potential which, in one way, made the selection process a little easier.”

    Grace said that everyone was ‘incredibly grateful’ for the support of both Media Super and Heidelberg who have sponsored both the award and event for several years.

    “It is vital that the industry recognises and encourages those young people who will, in years to come, be the ones driving the print industry in Tasmania,” she said.

  • Hobart boy scores top Tassie apprentice award

    Adam Savage from Hobart’s Print Applied Technology wins the Printing Industries – Heidelberg 2011 Tasmanian Apprentice of the Year.

    Ron Patterson, Printing Industries‘ general manager for Victoria and Tasmanian, said the Award was announced at Wrest Point Casino at a cocktail party attended by more than 40 people representing printing industry companies, family, friends and other finalists.

    “Candidates for this year’s event were of such an high standard that it was extremely difficult to find the winner, even though we made the questions more difficult for the Judging process.

    “Adam was presented with a trophy and sizable cheque from Heidelberg Australia, framed certificate, and tickets for two to attend this year’s Tasmanian 2012 PICA Awards Dinner on Saturday 13 October 2012 at Wrest Point Casino. The night was sponsored by Media Super who are strong supporters of our Industry and contributed to a very successful event for everyone concerned,” said Patterson.

    Adam (pictured) was supported by his father and Adam’s Employer and colleagues from Print Applied Technology including general manager Peter Johns and production manager Robert Baker.

    Printing Industries and Heidelberg Australia see the apprentice of the year award as crucial to the industry of today and for its future development.

    “These young people are out future industry leaders and that’s one of the important reasons industry organisations and suppliers work together to promote and support activities such as the Apprentice of the Year awards,” said Patterson. “I see these awards becoming even more important and a bigger highlight in coming years. It’s very pleasing that the printing industry joins together to support such great events.”

    Tasmania continues to produce outstanding apprentices from the printing industry, says Danny Roach, regional board member for Printing Industries.

    “Our standards are exceptionally high and this is reflected in the calibre of our apprentices. This will hold the industry in good stead moving forward,” said Roach.

    Savage will now go on to represent the printing industry in the 2012 Tasmanian Training Awards run by Skills Tasmania.