Apprentice of the Year – Manufacturing

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You’re thinking about entering the Apprentice of the Year Category? Excellent!

Nominations are open for consideration of the Apprentice of the Year Award at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open from 8 May and close 19 July. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is NOT sufficient.

Apprentice of the Year

Nominations are open to any final year or recently completed manufacturing male or female apprentice who has demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their trade and training.

The judges will look for examples of excellence in manufacturing that include, but are not limited to:

  • Participation in their formal training
  • Outstanding performance in the workplace
  • Contribution to the advancement of the employers’ business
  • Contribution to community or sport (not essential)
  • Ability to be an ambassador for the manufacturing sector

Note – Applicants may find that their application into the Apprentice Of The Year – Manufacturing category may also be a ‘fit’ for another category, such as Rising Star Award. By adapting the information to fit the criteria of other categories you give yourself the opportunity for your product, process, etc. to be profiled in more than one sector.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc, may be included as an ATTACHMENT to this application form and should be labelled clearly for the judges. E.g. Question 3 – evidence provided

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. If you are having issues with the size of your example files, please contact Carol McEwan on or call 0438 242 899 to make an alternate arrangement to send your file(s).

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. Why have you selected this career pathway?
  • The judges want to know why you have selected an Apprenticeship pathway to start your career. You may wish to highlight the advantages for you to start your career via the apprenticeship model
  • Other

15 / 100

  1. What aspects of your apprenticeship resulted in the greatest professional and personal growth and satisfaction?
  • The apprenticeship model is a unique form of learning, It’s a combination of on and off the job training. The judges are looking for examples of how this model worked for you.
  • Other

15 / 100

  1. How did you showcase excellence to your employers during your apprenticeship? Is there a particular project which provides evidence of this excellence?
  • As a result of your apprenticeship training you have learned many skills. The judges would like to know how you have applied those skills to achieve excellence.
  • An example of a project you completed would require you identifying the skills and processes you have learned as part of the apprenticeship.
  • Other

20 / 100

  1. What makes you an effective ambassador/ role model of your industry/ trade?
  • Don’t be shy tell the judges what you have achieved as a result of your apprenticeship so that others may see that an apprenticeship pathway works.
  • Other

10 / 100

  1. How would you promote the apprenticeship system to encourage others who are interested in entering your training pathway?
  • The judges would like you to think of what you might say to a group of school children for example, so at the end of your presentation they would be convinced that apprenticeship is for them
  • Other

20 / 100

  1. What are your future professional plans once you have completed your apprenticeship?

20 / 100

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Previous Year's Winner

Jake Barry and Sponsor – Bae Systems, Andrew Chapman

2017 Winner – Downer Engineering

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.

This is best demonstrated when he unassisted designed a new system to retro fit a fluid coupling control unit, a redesign of the solar and battery supply of the meteorological station and designed and installed an environmental monitoring and control system which tests the water in a run off catchment for PH.

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 already completed an advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering at TAFE NSW and is currently enrolled to study the Certificate 4 in Electrical Instrumentation, his goal is to become an Instrumentation Electrician.

In the 8 months since Jake has completed his apprenticeship he 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 Awards at the State Training Awards in Sydney.

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