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14 November 2014

Australia’s best group training apprentices and trainees recognised

The nation’s top group training apprentices and trainees have been recognised at the Group Training National Awards in Hobart.

The awards were a highlight of the two-day Group Training National Conference, at which government leaders and industry experts joined with the employers of some 30,000 apprentices and trainees to discuss Australia’s future skills and training needs.

GTA Chief Executive, Jim Barron said the awards showcase outstanding apprentices and trainees, employed and mentored through group training.

“We can be extremely proud of all the nominees and winners, who have been selected from around Australia and represent the pinnacle of achievement in skills excellence.

“We salute these outstanding individuals, as well as their group training organisations and host employers who have made it all possible,” Mr Barron said

The winners of the four categories are:

Group Training Apprentice of the Year

Marcus Harders, South Australia


Host Employer: National 1 Plumbing & Maintenance Services

Apprenticeship:  Certificate III in Plumbing

Marcus commenced his plumbing apprenticeship with PEER VEET and host business, National 1 Plumbing & Maintenance Services after completing a Plumbing VET in Schools program in Year 11. This experience convinced Marcus to take on an apprenticeship rather than continuing on to complete Year 12. He has displayed maturity beyond his years and also demonstrated real enthusiasm for entering into the trade. Marcus is described as an exceptional apprentice who demonstrated superior leadership qualities and has been praised for his commitment, skill level and positive attitude towards his work.

“My apprenticeship was rewarding and provided clarity for my future direction, both personally and professionally.”  

Group Training Indigenous Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Anika Duffy, South Australia

GTO:  Career Employment Centre

Host Employer: Career Employment Group

Traineeship: Diploma of Management

Anika commenced her career in administration with Career Employment Group and was placed in their group training department. She has progressed through a number of qualifications and challenging supervisory roles to now be studying a Diploma of Management. Anika is passionate about this industry as she is able to see so many people gain valuable qualifications that lead them to grand things.

“Confidence in yourself is the key to success in your career. My traineeship helped me gain that confidence which in turn rewarded me with great experience and a satisfying career.”

Group Training Trainee of the Year

Jason Roe, New South Wales

GTO:  Central Coast Group Training

Host Employer: Suspension Concepts

Apprenticeship:  Certificate III in Motorsports

Jason is an exceptional trainee and has always maintained a high standard in every aspect of his training with CCGT and host business Suspension Concepts. Jason became the first remote trainee in NSW to complete both Certificate III in Motorsports and Certificate II in Production Technology. He has always volunteered his time at race meets outside of working hours and was one of the 35 team members at Bathurst and then selected as one of eight members invited to be a pit crew member on the Audi Asia Pacific Six race Series Team, making him the youngest ever pit crew member to be involved with Audi.

 Group Training School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

 Samantha Tindiglia, New South Wales

GTO: Hunter Valley Training Company

Host Employer: Care Ring Children’s Centre

Traineeship: Certificate III in Children’s Services

Besides attending school and undertaking a school based Certificate III in Children’s Services with Hunter Valley Training Company and host business Care Ring Children’s Centre, Samantha works part time at McDonalds and dedicates a lot of her spare time to the community. Being one-of-six children, Samantha also helps out with caring for her younger siblings, one of which has Cerebral Palsy, as well as volunteering for a number of charities. Samantha plans to work in Childcare in a full time traineeship, working towards a Diploma in Children’s Services.

“I love being able to keep the children interested by applying what I have learned and developing new activities. I am learning new things from the teachers all the time.”

Media Contact: Bob Bowden, Foresight Communications 0412 753 298,

Group Training Australia is the national peak body representing the network of over 150 Group Training Organisations (GTOs) employing apprentices and trainees throughout Australia. 

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Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

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