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CIT Student 2016 Australian Apprentice of the Year

Published: 21 Nov 2016


"CIT could not be more proud to have trained Australian's top apprentice," CIT CEO Leanne Cover said on seeing CIT student Shane Dealy selected as the 2016 Australian Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards (ATA) last week.

CIT CEO Leanne Cover accompanied the ACT team competing at the ATA in Darwin and held a special gathering for the CIT competitors to show them her appreciation for their commitment to their field of study. That meant she was on hand to see CIT carpentry apprentice Shane Dealy pick up the national award.

"It's wonderful to see Shane's hard work and commitment to learning rewarded with this significant Australian Government award," Ms Cover said. "Congratulations to Shane, and the teachers and employers that have guided and supported him throughout his training. Special thanks to Algoa Holdings, Shane's employer."

Shane was selected as the ACT Australian Apprentice of the Year in September which saw him join the ACT team that headed to Darwin last week. CIT students, graduates and partners featured strongly in the ACT team that came away with several awards.

After deciding a university degree in engineering was not for him, Shane enrolled at CIT in 2013 to study carpentry and building construction.

He says a highlight of his apprenticeship with Algoa Holdings was working for Eco Blue Constructions on a 6-star energy efficient home later featured on television program Grand Designs Australia. The project exposed him to new, sustainable construction materials and techniques fast becoming a common, and popular, feature of new building design.

In June, Shane began work experience with ACT Metropolitan Building Certifiers and hopes to apply for cadetships in the coming year. In January, 2017 Shane intends to apply for a B-Class building license, the next step on the way to realising his dream of building his own home.

ACT's Madeline Wallace was the ATA runner-up Australian School-Based Apprentice of the Year. Madeline completed a CIT animal studies course through the apprenticeship scheme for school students and has gone on to study business at CIT.

CIT training partner the Academy of Interactive Entertainment won ATA Small Training Provider of the Year.

Local salon Bond Hair Religion, which has trained many CIT hairdressing students, was selected as ATA Australian Small Employer of the Year.

Congratulations to all.