CVGT Australia’s Annual Apprenticeship awards, The Matthew Baldock Memorial Award and the John Balsillie Award were presented by CVGT Australia CEO Paul Green last night at an event at Rocks in Rosaline in Bendigo.

In May 2000, Matthew Baldock a CVGT Plumber & Gas fitting 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 winner of the 2014 Baldock Award is Jake Nugent, a second year apprentice plumber at McCaig Air conditioning. Jake has shown great commitment and passion throughout his apprenticeship. He displays excellent trade skill, leadership, a strong customer service ethic and a high level of maturity. His ambition and dedication to his trade are a credit to himself and his determination to be the best is reflected in his work.

The John Balsillie Award is an annual award to commemorate excellence in engineering. CVGT Australia acknowledge John, a retired CVGT board director, who was presented with an MBE in 1969, served as a Major in the Australia Armed services and formerly served as Mayor of Bendigo. 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.

The winner of the 2014 Balsillie Award is Jay Gartside, a third year engineering fabrication apprentice at Andy’s Earthmovers. Jay 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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