Two young apprentices from the Hunter were recognised
at the 2018 HVTC Excellence Awards for the high calibre
of their work at registered training organisation (RTO)
Hunter-V-Tec in Rutherford.
Brandon Bendeich is completing a Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
apprenticeship with Glencore – Ravensworth mine and was named RTO
Student of the Year.
Growing up with a father who worked in the mines, Brandon was keen to
follow in his dad’s footsteps and begin his own career in mining.
“Throughout school I always had a passion for engines and anything to do
with cars. This led me to apply for the mobile plant apprenticeship at Glencore
– Ravensworth mine where I’ve been fortunate enough to learn from a range
of highly skilled tradesmen,” he said.
Shelley Higgins took home the RTO Achievement Award and is currently
completing a Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician
apprenticeship. She is employed by group training organisation HVTC
Hunter and hosted by Origin Energy.
“I love learning something new every day, and the fact that the work I am
doing is relevant and will always be needed. I enjoy knowing how things
operate so the hands-on work keeps me motivated,” Shelley said.
HVTC CEO Sharon Smith says vocational education pathways can lead to
career success for many young people.
“These awards not only celebrate the great results of our apprentices and
trainees, but they also reflect the significant role our business and industry
partners play in making sure our young people secure quality employment
outcomes,” Sharon said.