It has been a year of personal triumph and success for Bathurst’s Shaun Van Uum.
In May, the building student was crowned TAFE Western’s Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year Awards. Then in June he won the Western Region State Training Apprentice of the Year Award.
Mr Van Uum made such an impression on the judges in the Western region division of the State Training Awards, he has now progressed to be one of six finalists in the NSW State Training Awards – just one step away from competing for the title of the best apprentice in Australia.
“Absolutely unbelievable. I was shocked when I found out,” he said. “I have just been working hard towards my goals and never expected an opportunity like this to come my way.
“I am extremely honoured to be representing the Western region. To be named as the top apprentice in NSW would be fantastic, but I am very happy and proud I have made it so far in the competition already.”
TAFE NSW Bathurst Carpentry teacher Peter Schupfer described Mr Van Uum as extremely talented and hard-working, and believes he would be a very deserving winner.
This sentiment was shared by his employer, Hines Construction, with Managing Director David Hines full of praise for the 22-year-old.
“It is an absolute pleasure to have Shaun as part of the team – he ticks all the right boxes,” Mr Hines said.
“Shaun is always very respectful, has a great can-do attitude, he’s always eager to learn and challenge himself. He deserves every bit of success that has come his way over the past 12 months.”
The NSW State Training Awards finals will be held in Sydney on Thursday, September 7. Winners on the evening will then progress to the Australian Training Awards, which will be decided in November.