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Apprentices make history


For the first time in its history, St Patrick’s Technical College has awarded two female students with its top awards.

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The prestigious Max Davids Award – Apprentice of the Year was presented to Metals and Engineering student Rebecca Hlinak at the graduation and awards dinner last year.

Named to recognise the significant contribution made by Max Davids in the founding and development of the college, the award acknowledges a student’s demonstrated skills excellence and outstanding employability skills, through the attainment of a school-based apprenticeship, in conjunction with the successful completion of SACE.

The Principal’s Award – Student of the Year was awarded to Construction student Ella Damare. This award is presented to a student who principal Danny Deptula, after consultation with staff, considers to be the most outstanding campus-based student.

“Most importantly, our college’s top awards recognise students who exemplify the values of our college: welcome, hope, service, respect and celebrate,” Mr Deptula said.

“All of our graduates and award winners are fine examples of the successful outcomes attained by the students of St Patrick’s Technical College. With the right attitude, many of our 2022 graduates will go on to take their place amongst our amazing success stories.”

During the evening 17 individual awards – valued at more than $10,000 thanks to the generosity and support of sponsors – were presented to outstanding students and apprentices.

Noah Gaskin was named 2022 Apprentice of the Year at Marcellin Campus, Cardijn College.

He started at the campus in 2021 as a Year 11 student and was described as being dedicated to his studies, committed to his trade and a wonderful ambassador for the college’.

At the awards ceremony it was noted that Noah’s ‘love of Marcellin Campus and the things that we stand for are epitomised in his attendance and uniform, both of which are always impeccable’.

‘Noah enters the workforce in an apprenticeship where the ability to hold a conversation with others, work as part of team, as well as represent his employer and himself with clients is highly desired and sought after and he has demonstrated this at Marcellin through interactions with all members of staff and the student body. Noah’s employer when notified of this award was bursting with pride and has re-arranged plans to be here.’

Training with MTC Training as an apprentice, Noah is employed by Rayton Electrical.


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