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Sheetmetal industry apprentice of the year.

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Media Release


(Embargoed until 10:00pm, 2 April 2004)

2 April, 2004 MIN 667/04

Tonight I will join five talented young finalists and their families and employers at the New South Wales Sheetmetal Industry Association (SIA) Apprentice of the Year Awards dinner to be held at Parliament House in Sydney.

Tonight’s awards will recognise the hard-work, commitment and achievement of:

● Ross Tindall at Quad Electrical at Wickham - Newcastle

● Joel Bloemen at LC Stainless Solutions in Wollongong

● Jason Siebert at Pinnacle Australia Group West Gosford

● Micah Harsh at Pamala Pty Ltd, Guildford

● Tyler Gibbons at ANSTO in Lucas Heights.

The Awards, which have been running for five years, recognise the academic achievements of young tradespeople, as well as promoting the sheet-metal industry as a career option.

The skills, talents and commitment of the finalists, their families and supportive employers, that got them to this point in the awards process, is something we should all applaud.

In 2003-04 the Australian Government will contribute in excess of $2 billion funding for vocational education and training.

I also acknowledge the enormous contribution to the Australian economy by the manufacturing and engineering industry. Manufactured goods make up more than 50% of our exports.

Since 1999 the number of New Apprentices in the sheetmetal trades have increased significantly nationally, with a 13% increase in commencements over the 12 months to September 2003.

I warmly congratulate tonight’s Apprentice of the Year winner, Jason Siebert and wish all other award winners and finalists every success for the future. I thank their respective employers for the commitment they have made to provide training opportunities for these apprentices. In doing so, they change young people’s lives and build confident careers.

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Laila Lacis 0412 040 034