The Motor Trade Association held its annual South Australian Graduation and Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony on Friday 11 June, celebrating the success and achievements of South Australia’s future automotive technicians with 197 graduates and 6 award winners, including Apprentice of the Year, Hayden Bradshaw.
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MTA CEO, Paul Unerkov, said, "It has been quite a journey for those graduating tonight after four years and we've got 197 apprentices that have graduated since April last year, which is a record number."
"The automotive sector continues to be a significant player in the economy and the state."
"State and Federal Governments are working extremely hard to deliver very real career pathways. It is crucial that we as an industry continue to work with schools and other educational institutions to ensure that our youth are inspired and truly excited about the very real opportunities that await them in the automotive sector."
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni, Special Guest speaker for the evening said, “The journey these apprentices have undertaken over the past four years really sets them up for a successful career in the automotive industry."
“South Australia’s outstanding efforts in controlling COVID-19 and the Marshall Government’s massive investment in skills training has us leading the nation in the creation of paid apprenticeships and traineeships."
“With the combined training subsidies from the Marshall and Morrison Governments worth more than $30,000 for each employer for every new apprentice, there has never been a better time to take on an apprentice or trainee.”
Apprentice of the Year, Hayden Bradshaw, was recognised for his outstanding performance during his four years at Kym’s Auto Repairs at Birkenhead. Hayden said, “I wasn’t expecting it! It’s a great honour, I wouldn’t be here without my family, my boss and the other apprentices.
“My favourite part is just giving back to customers – seeing the smile on a customer’s face when the car is fixed or it comes in not running and leaves the workshop running. When they notice the difference once they get it back is very rewarding.”
2020 APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR, HAYDEN BRADSHAW
2020 MTA TRAINING CENTRE STUDENT OF THE YEAR, SAM WHITE
2020 BOB GOLDSWORTHY AWARD, KATIE STEWART
2020 MOST OUTSTANDING 1st YEAR APPRENTICE, LACHLAN MILNE
2020 MOST OUTSTANDING 2nd YEAR APPRENTICE, BRETT COOLEY
2020 MOST OUTSTANDING 3rd YEAR APPRENTICE, JAMES SPARROW