The results are in for CVGT Australia’s annual presentation evening, with two awards and one scholarship handed out to the best apprentices in their trade.

Hosted at Bendigo’s historic Fortuna Villa, guests celebrated the achievements of the recipients of The Matthew Baldock Memorial Award, The John Balsillie Award, and the 2017 CVGT Australian Apprentice Scholarship – a partnership between CVGT Australia and Poyser Trucks Bendigo.

CVGT Australia Deputy CEO John Lynch said that the annual presentation event was the culmination of a rigorous assessment period to identify recipients who had demonstrated commitment, dedication and excellence in the workplace.

The Matthew Baldock Memorial award recognises CVGT Australia plumbing and gas fitting apprentice Matthew Baldock who sadly passed away in 2000. In honour of Matthew, CVGT Australia gives special recognition to a plumbing apprentice who displays a high level of skill, initiative and commitment to their trade.

“The winner of the 2016 Baldock award is Sam Murray, a third year apprentice plumber hosted by McCaigs Air Conditioning.

“Also a qualified panel beater, on the job Sam has been able to utilise past expertise to develop and improve methods of air-conditioning installation and repair. As a mature-aged apprentice, Sam’s life experience and enthusiasm for the trade is an inspiration to younger apprentices both on the job and at trade school,” Mr Lynch said.

The annual John Balsillie Award commemorates excellence in engineering. Mr Balsillie, a former CVGT board member makes this award available to a CVGT Australia engineering apprentice who shows initiative has a demonstrated high level of skill and can complete tasks of a high quality.

“The winner of the 2016 Balsillie Award is Travis Costello, a third year fabrication engineer hosted by WeWeld Steelworx in Tongala.

“On the job, Travis has proven to be a rapid learner who picks up new skills quickly. He is reliable, has excellent problem solving skills and can be trusted to complete tasks to a very high standard. At trade school, he has demonstrated excellent listening skills and great practical application which means he is always ahead of set tasks and completes these to a high standard, Mr Lynch added.

The CVGT Australian Apprenticeship Scholarship program has been running since 2008 and has provided a pathway to trade excellence in a range of occupations across Victoria.

This year, CVGT Australia has partnered with Poyser Trucks Bendigo to offer a scholarship to enhance the learning experience for a high achiever in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technology – Diesel Mechanic.

“The winner of the 2017 CVGT Australian Apprentice Scholarship is Harry Mildren. Harry recently completed his VCE at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. During this time he completed VET studies in Automotive and Engineering.

“Harry will commence his apprenticeship at Poyser Trucks Bendigo in 2017 and we thank the Poyser Trucks Bendigo for their continued support of our Group Training program and look forward to continuing this partnership long into the future, Mr Lynch added.

The winners of the Matthew Baldock and John Balsillie awards received a $500 cheque from CVGT Australia, a prize, trophy and a certificate. The scholarship recipient received a $500 cheque, trophy and certificate as they begin a pathway to trade excellence.

CVGT’s network employs around 400 apprentices and trainees in 100 businesses across Victoria.

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