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The South Metropolitan TAFE Apprentice of the year awards took place on the 22nd of November. This was an exciting evening to acknowledge the most outstanding apprentices in Western Australia. Kawasaki Motors Australia (KMA) proudly sponsored the event, as part of the brand’s continuous support to the education sector.

The awards night consisted of several winning categories including Light Automotive 1st year to 3rd year apprentice awards, as well as International Students of the Year, and the Motorcycle Apprentice of the Year award which Kawasaki sponsored with prizes.

The event was organised by lecturers of the institution and the evening event held at South Metro TAFE Carlisle Campus with all nominees and their employers invited to attend. There was an outstanding turn out of apprentices, employers and their partners all enjoying a complimentary dinner and recognising trade achievements. The night was enriched with speeches from South Metro TAFE Executive Director Johnathon Maile and other industry professionals.

The three motorcycle apprentice nominees were assessed on outstanding technical ability, attitude and willingness to help others. Selected projects from nominees over the last twelve months were put forward to a judging panel of lecturers who scored and selected a winner.

The nominees were:

  • Jacob Black – Perth Harley Davidson
  • Joel Daw – Great Southern Motorcycles
  • Jacob Jones – Albany Motorcycles

Jacob Black was the winner with Jacob Jones and Joel Daw close runner ups. Prizes were presented by Lecturer Jason Hoesle of South Metro TAFE. Jason was one of the judges on the night and organised sponsorship for the event.

“Kawasaki Motors has developed a strong relationship with many TAFE and technical training Institutions throughout Australia via product donation and technical support over the years” says Jeremy Fuller, Assistant Manager at KMA Technical Services department. “We aim to invest in to the training of our future technicians and see this as mutually beneficial to the future of our industry. Our company aims to provide late model product and computer service and diagnostic tools to relevant Institutions so that apprentice technicians benefit from learning on late model machinery with current technology as opposed to having to learn on dated product.” Kawasaki have previously donated a motorcycle, a jet-ski and a Teryx utility vehicle to South Metro TAFE WA for educational use.

South Metro TAFE and Apprentice of the Year Awards Committee have thanked Kawasaki for their continuous support.

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