KYABRAM apprentice Aaron Flenley walked away victorious at GOTAFE Seymour and Shepparton’s annual trade awards.
As a fourth year apprentice, Aaron was awarded the engineering apprentice achievement award for his work at JN and R Engineering.
However this isn’t his first round of accolades, as he also snared the top category award spot in his first and third years.
“I got the call about a month before the event and it came as a bit of a shock to be nominated again and be in the running for the top prize,” Aaron said.
Fifty awards were presented to outstanding pre-apprentices and apprentices in their first, second, third and fourth years from eight different learning areas.
While the top prize of the night was taken out by Waaia’s Joseph Brooks, Aaron said receiving the category award was a great achievement.
“Everyone at JN and R Engineering is really supportive and Gino’s always looked after his apprentices really well. Awards like this are just as good for him as they are for us,” he said.
“I’m just trying to learn as much as I can while I’m there and people are always telling me that you’ll never stop learning.
“And they’re right, the industry keeps changing and sometimes it’s changing so fast it can be hard to keep up with it.”
As for plans for the future, Aaron will complete his apprenticeship and continue working at JN and R in Kyabram.
“There are a lot of people I need to thank who got me to where I am today, I’ve had such great opportunities and the awards are always a massive shock to me.”