TOP PROSPECT: Apprentice Of The Year Jake Barry, from Downer Engineering, demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment during his apprenticeship.
Apprentice Of The Year SHINING LIGHT: Rising Star Award winner Jessica Cole, from DSI Underground, displays outstanding skills and passion with concern for the well-being of colleagues.
WINNER: Jake Barry,Downer EngineeringWhat the judges said:Jake completed his electrical apprenticeship with Origin Energy Eraring Services and gained his qualification with TAFE NSW.
Jake demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment during his apprenticeship designing and installing various systems in various projects.
Since completing his apprenticeship Jake has changed his employment to the Downer Group and was chosen to represent the workforce at the Downer Executive Manager Safety Conference in Sydney.
Jake has completed an Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering at TAFE NSW and is currently enrolled to study the Certificate IiV in Electrical Instrumentation, his goal is to become an instrumentation electrician.
Since completing his apprenticeship Jake has been awarded NSW TAFE Apprentice of the Year for the Hunter and Central Coast, was a finalist in the Hunter Region Apprentice and Trainee awards and as a result was nominated to represent the Hunter region in the Excellence in Trade Skills award at the State Training Awards in Sydney.
Highly Commended:Damon Keeping, employed by Hunternet Group Training Company and hosted by Austube Mills.
Rising Star AwardWINNER: Jessica Cole, DSI UndergroundWhat the judges said:Jessica is a dynamic, inspirational young leader, destined to be a bright light showing the way to others in the Hunter’s manufacturing industry for many years to come.
Her passion to make a difference shines through in all that she does, from her dedication to her ongoing professional development, to insights that smash through traditional role boundaries and her ability to take a team of people on a journey to transform the business.
Jessica’s achievements have seen her invited to share insights on a national stage and given the responsibility of taking her knowledge and skills to DSI sites in other parts of the world.
Her enthusiasm is extremely is infectious. She is a sponge for knowledge with a sharp analytical mind.
Jessica has complemented her outstanding work in transforming business systems with a passion for the wellbeing of her work colleagues, dedicating her efforts to a range of important initiatives, particularly in the mental health sphere.
Jessica’s outstanding abilities are transferable into many areas and she is without a doubt, a worthy winner of the Hunter Manufacturing Rising Star Award for 2017.
Highly Commended:Daniel Hodges, Moly-Cop