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TAFE Award Winners

  • TAFE Award Winners

Hard Work Pays Off For Students

Over 300 people attended South West TAFE’s Trades Awards last night, acknowledging the outstanding achievements of students across automotive, carpentry, cabinet making, electrical, engineering and plumbing trades.

This year’s Apprentice of the Year was won by third year engineering apprentice Elijah McLeod.

He was awarded for his passion, quality workmanship and the help and support he has shown for his fellow apprentices. Elijah is now fortunate enough to attend the Victorian Training Awards.

South West TAFE CEO Mark Fidge said the awards night was a fantastic opportunity to recognise both the success of students and their employers.

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South West TAFE Food, Fibre and Land manager Paul Meredith said the awards were about showing apprentices and their employers how much they were valued and what they could achieve after their apprenticeships.

As well as awards for the top students in each year level, commemorative awards were also presented to outstanding students dedicated to their trades.

Major award winners on the night included:

  • Best third year automotive apprentice: Andrea Iurissevich.
  • Best third year cabinet making apprentice: Nathan Monk.
  • Best third year carpentry apprentice: Daniel Schild.
  • Best fourth year electrotechnology apprentice: James Hayden.
  • Best third year fabrication engineering apprentice: Connor Fitzgerald.
  • Best third year mechanical engineering apprentice: Elijah McLeod.
  • Best third year plumbing apprentice: Beau James.


“These awards are given to students who are enthusiastic, dedicated and committed to a future in the trade,” Mr Meredith said.