RMIT’s School of Vocational Engineering recognised the academic and leadership achievements of its building and trades students at a recent annual awards night.
The 2015 Building and Trades Awards Night was held in Storey Hall and attended by prize winners, their families, friends, industry partners and academic staff.
Professor Peter Coloe, Pro Vice-Chancellor Science, Engineering and Health and Vice-President of RMIT University, addressed the significance of the event in his welcome to guests.
“These awards help engage the students’ families, friends and partners - many of whom have remarked on the high standard of staff and teachers in the School,” Professor Coloe said.
Various companies supported the event by sponsoring prizes.
These included VBA, Airefrig and EPIC ITB/ Gerard Lighting who provided prizes for the best overall apprentices in Plumbing, Refrigeration and Electrical programs respectively.
The best students in Building and Construction, Property Services and Surveying programs were awarded prizes sponsored by Vaughan Construction, Gerflor and Position Partner respectively.
On receiving the best first year electrical apprentice award, Katrina Palmer thanked GForce and Viva Energy for giving her the opportunity to do her apprenticeship; her teachers and her work colleagues for their training; and her sponsors - Epic ITB, Profile 21, Gerard Lighting.
“Receiving this honour makes me feel like all of my hard work has paid off,” Palmer said.
“I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with - they’re always willing to help explain things I don't understand.”
“Trades are traditionally male-dominated, and it would be good to see a few more women.”
“I don’t think many realise that trades are an option.”
The evening’s speakers noted the bright future of their industries as a result of a well-trained workforce, and acknowledged the contribution of RMIT in training and upskilling this workforce. The importance of a qualification from a well reputed, registered training organisation is becoming more apparent with growing demand for vocational educational programs.
The number of groups in the first year of the Diploma of Building and Construction has doubled, and there has been an increase in the number of students continuing on to complete an Advanced Diploma.
Award winners were:
- Best First-Year Apprentice Plumbing - Daniel Spry
- Best Second-Year Apprentice Plumbing - Sam Hibbert
- Best Third-Year Apprentice Plumbing - Matthew Chesher
- Best overall Apprentice Plumbing - Jason Alford
- Harry Sutter Encouragement Award Plumbing - Rick Di Natale
- Certificate IV in Plumbing - David Duddy
- Best First-Year Apprentice Refrigeration - Joshua Moda
- Best Second-Year Apprentice Refrigeration - Beau Shire
- Best Third-Year Apprentice Commercial Refrigeration - Sam McLean
- Best Third- Year Apprentice Air Conditioning Refrigeration - Jarrod Snow
- Best Apprentice overall Refrigeration - Daniel Farrugia
- Best First-Year Apprentice Electrical - Katrina Palmer
- Best Second-Year Apprentice Electrical - Troy Hubben
- Best Third-Year Apprentice Electrical - Joshua De Rozario
- Best Apprentice overall Electrical - Vilai Seephonexai
- Best E and I Apprentice award - Matt Denyer
- Best I and C Student Award - Richard Imerowicz
- Best Pre-Apprentice overall Refrigeration - Phillip Maori
- Best Pre-Apprentice Plumbing - Mehdi Sameri
- Best Student in Diploma of Building and Construction - Maurice Wehbe
- Best Student in Diploma of Property Services - Kasey Freckleton
- Best Student in Diploma of Surveying - Hamish Swaffield
- Best part time Student in Certificate IV Survey and Spatial - Circe Venn
- Best Student in Advanced Diploma of Surveying - Jeremy Sands
Story: Ash Hibbert