Congratulations to the 2020 Apprentice Graduates and Award Winners!

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The MTA is proud to announce the Apprentice Award Winners for 2020, recognising the best of South Australian apprentices.

For our 134 graduating apprentices, the Awards are a culmination of four years hard work, topped off with the announcement of the coveted Apprentice of the Year Award winner.

Click here for a full list of Graduates and message from MTA CEO, Paul Unerkov.

Congratulations this year go to APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR, JASON PATTY, who is well equipped to take on the future with confidence!

The 21-year-old Loxton resident has been named the MTA Apprentice of the Year for 2019-2020, in recognition of his outstanding performance during the past four years at Autopro Loxton.

Jason is an outstanding example of an automotive apprentice, displaying qualities of teamwork, commitment, passion and excellence; he is an exceptional role model for not only apprentices but also young people across the community.

Jason said, “It was an unexpected call to get Apprentice of the Year.”

"Before I started, I’d only ever done basic work on my own car and now I can do everything myself.”

“My Field Officer, Rana Stanford, was able to assist me with anything I needed and provide support throughout my host employment at AutoPro Loxton, where I’ll stay on.”

During his apprenticeship Jason had the opportunity to experience behind-the-scenes work at local Supercars races as part of the MTA’s Motorsport Repair Team. Jason worked with Brad Jones racing twice at the Adelaide 500 and twice at Tailem Bend, saying that it “was a great opportunity to work on Supercars – I was able to show off my skills and apply what I had learnt in my classes."

“If you stick with it, it’s a very rewarding trade. You learn an incredible amount and to reflect on where I was when I started to now, it’s unreal.”

The Awards also include the most outstanding first, second and third-year apprentices and top auto body repair apprentice, which take into account a number of criteria including workshop and training performance, customer service and the apprentice’s role in the community.

Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni, said,"The MTA is SA's only dedicated automotive industry training provider and these Awards are a celebration of these apprentices' achievements.

"Congratulations to all the apprentices receiving MTA awards. They are the future leaders of the automotive industry, and I'm sure they all have bright careers ahead of them."

Award Winners


Winner: Ryley Mullan, pictured. (Hosted by WSB Distributors)

Recognition of outstanding performance by a first-year apprentice.

Merit Certificate: Riley Bald (Hosted by Harley-Heaven)

Recognition of achievement by a first-year apprentice.


Winner: Lachlan Moseley, pictured centre. (Hosted by Eblen Collision)

Recognition of outstanding performance in an Automotive Body Repair or Automotive Refinishing apprenticeship.

Merit certificate: Jack O'Brien (Employed by KI Crash Repairs)

Recognition of achievement in an Automotive Body Repair or Automotive Refinishing apprenticeship.


Winner: Ali Akbari, pictured. (Hosted by Peter Page Holden)

Recognition of outstanding performance by a second-year apprentice.

Merit Certificates: Nick Wright (Employed by Blenks Automotive); Omari Anzuruni (Hosted by Walker Crash Repairs); and Tate Pietrala (Employed by Pringles Crouch Cummins)

Recognition of achievement by a second-year apprentice.


Winner: Ross Gaskin, pictured. (Hosted by Diesel Repair Service)

Recognition of outstanding performance by a third-year apprentice.

Merit certificate: Jack O'Brien (Employed by KI Crash Repairs)

In recognition of achievement by a third-year apprentice.

We would like to thank our Sponsors: MTAA Super, RAA Capricorn and Commonwealth Bank for their support!