CVGT Australia’s annual apprenticeship awards, The Matthew Baldock Memorial Award and the John Balsillie Award recognise excellence in our group training apprentices.

In May 2000, Matthew Baldock a CVGT plumbing apprentice sadly passed away as a result of illness. In honour of Matthew, CVGT Australia gives special recognition to a plumbing apprentice that has displayed high levels of achievement and dedication during their apprenticeship.

The John Balsillie Award is an annual award to commemorate excellence in engineering. CVGT Australia acknowledges John, a retired CVGT board director. This award is available to any CVGT engineering apprentice of any year level who displays a high level of skill, initiative and dedication to the trade.

And the winners are:

Baldock Award Winner - Charles Cottrell

The winner of the Baldock award is Charles Cottrell, a fourth year apprentice plumber hosted by Specific Refrigeration Mechanical Services.

After a few false starts, Charles recommenced his plumbing apprenticeship with CVGT as a second year apprentice and was successful with a placement on the new Bendigo hospital construction site.

At the conclusion of the hospital contract, Charles transferred to a new host employer, Specific Refrigeration based in Melbourne

Charles has demonstrated great resilience, he is a quick learner and his friendly nature and great leadership skills means that less experienced workers will seek support and advice from him. His results at trade school are impressive, and after demonstrating competency across all disciplines, he is set for early completion.


Balsillie Award Winner - Sam Houlden

The winner of the Balsillie Award is Sam Houlden, a second year mechanical engineering apprentice at Bendigo Engineering.

Sam has shown great commitment and pride in his work throughout his indentured time and is on target to successfully completing his trade. He consistently displays a high level of workmanship and continually meets the expectation of his host employer and trade school requirements. He is very enthusiastic and always has a willingness to learn new skills.

The winner of the Matthew Baldock Award received a $500 cheque from CVGT Australia, a spirit level, trophy and a certificate. The winner of the John Balsillie Award received a $500 cheque, digital calliper, trophy and certificate.

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