TOP AWARD:  Apprentice of the Year Brett Chappell receives his award from employer Jon Taylor.
TOP AWARD: Apprentice of the Year Brett Chappell receives his award from employer Jon Taylor. Blake Antrobus

Apprentice strikes gold

BRETT Chappell has been described by his employer Taylor’s Mechanical as a “hard worker with a vast knowledge of his area of expertise”.

But even he couldn’t predict being awarded the Australian Skills Group (ASG) Apprentice of the Year award for 2015.

Mr Chappell, a diesel apprentice at Taylor’s Mechanical in Roma, received the award from ASG director Paul Scaysbrook alongside his employer Jon Taylor on Monday morning.

With the award recognising outstanding Australian apprentices across all states and territories, Mr Chappell said it was a great honour being chosen out of all the other applicants.

“It’s very out of the blue for me, but this is a great award and I’m happy to receive it,” he said.

Having started at Taylor’s Mechanical two and a half years ago after moving out of Brisbane, Mr Chappell said he took to the job nicely.

“I didn’t know much about it before I moved out here, but my skills have definitely improved since,” he said.

“That’s the thing with regional towns; you go from knowing the basics to working on almost anything that comes in.”

Mr Taylor also said it was a very unexpected move, but commended Brett for his hard work in the lead-up to the award.

“Brett definitely worked very hard and won this award; I see it as a privilege to have him on board with the team,” he said.

ASG director Paul Scaysbrook said the award was based on a selection of up to 790 apprentices every year, with industry representatives shortlisting and finding the nominations.

“Candidates for the award are chosen based on three conditions: versatility of work, application of effort in training and employer feedback,” he said.

“With his current role, Brett has a lot more experience in his field than before, which can be attributed to his work with an employer living in a regional community.

“Our award also recognises outstanding employers and how they work with apprentices.”


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