NORTHERN TABLELANDS WINNERS AT NSW TRAINING AWARDS

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today congratulated two of the region’s high achievers after they were named major winners at the 2015 NSW Training Awards in Sydney last night.

Mr Marshall said McIntyre High School student Glen Weller won the NSW VET in Schools Student of the Year award and the Excellence in Electro technology Award went to Invergowrie electrician Geoffrey Bragg.

“This is wonderful news and I’m delighted these two exceptional trainees have been recognised for their achievements,” Mr Marshall said.

“Glen is currently completing his Higher School Certificate at McIntyre High School and is undertaking Certificate II in Agriculture as part of his HSC.

“He has also taken on a Certificate II in Automotive and believes that by completing both these qualifications he is giving himself the best possible pathway for his future success.

“He has learnt key skills though his studies in Agriculture and there is no doubt his training through the VET program has prepared him well for his future endeavours.

Mr Marshall said he had the pleasure of congratulating Geoff Bragg recently at the New England Region NSW Training Awards in Tamworth where he won Apprentice of the Year.

“This is another t feather in his cap and well deserved,” Mr Marshall said.

“Geoff has worked in the solar industry for many years and went back to TAFE as a mature aged student when he decided to undertake an Electro technology apprenticeship with New England Solar Power.

“Solar energy has intrigued Geoffrey since he was a child, as did electricity, electronics and early digital computing being a hobby during the 1980’s.

“His interest returned in the 90’s when he built his own house on a bush block and a tiny off-grid PV system to provide lighting. This experience led to employment with Rob Taber and New England Solar Power. It’s is a testament to the high quality of training being provided in our region to two of our trainees win state awards.”

Mr Marshall said Glen and Geoff would now proceed to the national training awards, which will be announced at a ceremony in Hobart in November.

“I wish them both every success at the national finals representing our region and our State,” he said.

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