Queensland Metals apprentices reign in the accolades at TAFE Trade Excellence Awards

Promising career opportunities beckon for the future tradies of our region. Local apprentices across businesses in Mount Isa and the north-west were recognised at the TAFE Trade Excellence Awards held in Mount Isa on 3 September 2020.

Seventeen of our most talented apprentices were among the finalists contending for the top award across nine categories. They all represented us proudly, accomplishing positive results by taking out four of the categories on the night.

George Fisher Mine apprentice, Jack Pringle, took out the most prestigious accolade awarded on the evening, the highly coveted Overall Apprentice of the Year. The apprentice fitter was also named Engineering Apprentice of the Year.

Human Resources Acting Group Manager Fiona Pascoe says Jack is a valued member of the Shafts and Hoisting team who is a thoughtful and motivated employee, always bringing a positive attitude to the team.

"Jack's recognition at the awards was very well deserved. He is developing into a competent and capable tradesperson with a very promising career ahead of him," Fiona says.

Jack says it was a privilege to attend the awards as a finalist for the Engineering category but to receive both Engineering Apprentice of the Year and Outstanding Apprentice of the year was a huge honour.

"I am deeply grateful to TAFE Queensland Mount Isa for recognising my work."

"I'm looking forward to becoming a qualified tradesperson and giving back by sharing my knowledge through mentoring future Mount Isa Mines apprentices," says Jack.

Three further Queensland Metals apprentices shone on the evening with Ernest Henry Mining's Aaron Wehrman winning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year, while Mount Isa Mines' Rose Muller and Ben Russell were awarded Automotive Apprentice of the Year and Electrical Apprentice of the Year respectively.

These achievements demonstrate our hugely successful Apprenticeship Program that has trained and developed our tradespeople for over 50 years.

It has been the career launch pad for thousands of highly skilled tradespeople who have gone on to have successful careers in the mining industry, and other industries locally, nationally and internationally.

TAFE Queensland Mount Isa plays a vital role in developing and fine tuning essential technical knowledge and skills required of apprentices to achieve their chosen trade qualifications.

In partnership with TAFE Queensland Mount Isa, Queensland Metals along with businesses across the north-west continue to provide apprentices with on-the-job experience, investing in maintaining a strong trade's base within our region.