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CIT Training Excellence Recognised with Five National Awards

Published: 07 Dec 2016

Trade

CIT trades apprentices picked up five national industry awards in 2016, welcome recognition of CIT's leadership in Australian vocational education and training.

"It's unprecedented for CIT apprentices to receive top awards in five different national industry competitions in a single year," CIT CEO Leanne Cover said.

"The achievements were possible thanks to CIT's talented and committed teachers working with our apprentice employers and industry partners. That some of our partners also won national training and industry awards this year is testament to the value of those relationships for CIT students.

"On-the-job training of our apprentices, backed up by our excellent teaching in simulated work environments, is crucial to ensuring CIT students are job-ready," Ms Cover said.

In CIT's latest win, the prestigious National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Awards placed CIT electrical apprentice Erick Roggensack third in its 2016 Apprentice of the Year commercial/domestic category. NECA is the peak industry body representing the electrical and communications contracting industry.

CIT was excited to see third-year carpentry apprentice Shane Dealy crowned Australian Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards (ATA) in November. Shane was selected as the 2016 ACT Australian Apprentice of the Year in September.

Shane's national achievement followed four CIT apprentices winning medals at the WorldSkills Australia competition in Melbourne in October.

CIT landscape construction apprentices Dougal King and Alexander Halls won a WorldSkills gold medal for their project and are now training for selection to represent Australia in WorldSkills' international competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Talented CIT joinery student Timothy Bishell was awarded a WorldSkills Australia silver medal in recognition of his skill using complex joints and techniques to create step ladder.

CIT cabinetmaking student Craig Jones won a WorldSkills Australia bronze medal for the skills and talent he showed creating a beautiful wall cabinet.
In November, two CIT auto panel and paint repair apprentices also saw their hard work and study commitment recognised by their industry.

CIT apprentice Nathan Slattery came second in the PPG Australian Matching Competition for his paint work. CIT industry collaborator PPG selected Nathan as ACT 2016 champion in the local competition held at CIT earlier this year.

CIT apprentice Nick Cooley has been recognised as a "Future Leader" in the smash repair industry, a special award delivered by the National Collision Repairer Magazine.

Nick enrolled at CIT as an Australian School Based Apprentice (ASBA) to gain formal qualifications in auto panel and paint repairs while working at the Goulburn Smash Repair Centre.

CIT industry partners in the ACT were also recognised with national awards in 2016.

Bond Hair Religion, which has trained many CIT hairdressing students, was selected as ATA Australian Small Employer of the Year. The Academy of Interactive Entertainment, another CIT partner, won ATA Small Training Provider of the Year.

Two CIT industry partners won NECA Excellence Awards. Electrical contractors Martin Donnelly Pty Ltd was recognised for its energy efficiency and environment leadership. Shepard Electrical received a NECA Excellence Award for its work on the AFP's new $106m forensics facility at its Majura Complex.

CIT is looking forward to another year of thriving industry partnerships and training excellence in 2017.