Lithgow local and Skillset apprentice Jordan Ticehurst was announced as the Western NSW Training Awards Apprentice of the Year at the annual presentation on Wednesday, July 1.
The event was held on Facebook LIVE due to coronavirus restrictions.
Jordan, who completed his apprenticeship in January, was employed by Skillset and hosted by Thales Australia - Lithgow Arms for the duration of this apprenticeship in Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade with TAFE NSW.
According to a Skillset press release, he embarked on the engineering apprenticeship due to an interest in the changing industry.
"....and the opportunity to actively use his skills in problem solving, creative thinking and attention to detail, while working on various projects," the release read.
Jordan acknowledged the support of Skillset, Thales, TAFE NSW and his family in helping him to both get a start in his career and to develop an advanced skills base for all forms of Engineering tasks.
"It's a great honour to win the Apprentice of the Year award and to be recognised for the effort and achievements throughout my apprenticeship.
"I couldn't have achieved everything I have in such a short period of time, if it wasn't for the support network around me.
"Thank you for always believing in me and encouraging me to strive for bigger and better things," he said.
Thales Continuous Improvement Manager David Forbes said Jordan had shown a confident and capable skill base well beyond his years of experience in all facets of Engineering, Toolmaking and CNC Manufacturing.
"He truly is a deserving recipient of this award." he said.
Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo also congratulated Jordan for the prestigious achievement.
"It is a wonderful achievement for Jordan.
"This award recognises the apprentice's hard work and determination. Jordan is a true ambassador for Vocational Education and Training and a great mentor for fellow apprentices to look up to."
Jordan will now proceed to the next stage of interviews for the NSW Training Awards, which will take place in Sydney later this year.
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