The 2017 TAFE Western Apprentices of the Year were Shaun Van Uum, Ben Field and Luke Moody.
Shaun Van Uum:
2015 was a hugely successful year for Carpentry student Shaun Van Uum, completing both Certificate III in Carpentry and Certificate IV Building courses at TAFE Western.
The skills that he developed during this training allowed him to thrive in his current workplace, with a number of exciting supervisor roles his reward for his hard work and dedication.
During his training, Shaun was a great team player and always led by example. He was the most skillful student in his classes and these abilities were often on display, helping other less knowledgeable students with advice and support.
Shaun’s understanding of new trends and developments allowed him to succeed immediately in the industry.
Well done Shaun!
“Shaun is an effective leader, a team player and remains dedicated to his job. Shaun understands the value of training and learning and has a great career ahead of him.” – Peter Schupfer.
Ben’s hard work in the workplace was matched equally by his knowledge and skills in the classroom.
Right from the outset at TAFE, Ben continually strived to better himself and his work was always completed to a high standard. He was a leader of the class, setting a fine example for his fellow students, who often relied on him for help and advice.
Ben continually went above and beyond to better his knowledge and skills. He put in countless hours preparing for WorldSkills, where he produced in an admirable performance against the best students in the country.
“Ben was very good at asking questions and completed all oral and written assignments to a high level. He could work successfully as an individual, or in a team environment. He always set his goals to a high standard, which helped him develop a broad range of skills and knowledge that will hold him in good stead in the future.” – Stephen Williams.
Luke Moody achieved a significant milestone in 2016, when he completed his Certificate III in Electrotechnology at TAFE and also completed his electrical apprenticeship at Peak Gold Mines in Cobar.
This was reward for an extremely focused and dedicated student, who took responsibility for his own learning, often seeking extra curricula activities to ensure all aspects of his learning were covered.
Luke also demonstrated these attributes as a competitor at WorldSkills in Melbourne last year. He spent countless hours preparing, and his credible performance against the country’s best students was further reward for this brilliant student.
“Luke was extremely dedicated, driving four hours to attend TAFE from his home town in Nyngan. When he was at TAFE he was always orgainsed, hard working and talented. He always passed his exams the first time and was respected among his peers for his kind and giving nature.” - Brett Woodman.