Paul Armstrong wins CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year Award

CVIAQ members, staff and invited guests recently gathered in Milton to celebrate the achievements of some of the industry’s most talented apprentices at the 2012 CVIAQ Awards Night.

The event – in its new format of a stand up cocktail style function – was well supported and well received by member companies and their staff.

CVIAQ CEO, Mr Brett Wright, commented that the new format was designed to attract a wider range of age groups to the event. “This is a less formal event and we welcome tradesmen, apprentices and management to support their colleagues who have nominated for the awards”.

CVIAQ also introduced a novelty factor into the proceedings for the night by offering brewery tours for guests which were held prior to the formalities commencing. All three tours were filled to capacity.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement and presentation of the CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year Award. The 2012 award was won by Paul Armstrong of the Brown & Hurley Group. Sponsors of the Awards, Mr Doug Warby from Warby Tools and Mr Peeter Liiv of National Transport Insurance were on stage to present the award to the winner and to say a few words in support of the competition. Paul Armstrong, an apprentice finalising his training in Certificate 3 Automotive Mechanical Technology, was presented with a trophy, a framed Award certificate, an Apple IPad and tools to the combined value of approximately $2,000.

Chris Chalmers, Service Manager, The Brown & Hurley Group, Darra branch, gratefully accepted the CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year perpetual trophy from Mr Christian Wyatt, the 2011 Apprentice of the Year. The perpetual trophy was introduced in 2011 for the employer to display in their office reception or foyer for the 12 months between awards.

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