“Talk about the cream on the cake” is how Able Seaman Justin Macey described the experience of being named 2013 Illawarra & Southern Region Apprentice of the Year.
Justin was speaking at the launch of the 2014 awards, held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Naval Air Station Nowra on the South Coast of NSW. The awards are coordinated by the State Training Services Vocational Training Committee and aim to promote apprenticeships and traineeships and enhance the standard of vocational skills.
Chairperson Meredith Yabsley said the Fleer Air Arm Museum provided an ideal backdrop for the launch.
“It is very appropriate that we’re here when we consider the aircraft in the museum, and those on the airfield outside.”
“These aircraft didn’t just appear, they are designed, built, operated and maintained using a wide range of skills; the very skills these awards recognise every year. We are here today to celebrate the excellence displayed by apprentices, trainees and students,” said Ms Yabsley.
Justin was nominated by his instructors at the Royal Australian Navy’s Training Authority - Aviation for the outstanding standard of skill and dedication he demonstrated when achieving his Certificate IV in Aero Skills.
Justin said he was particularly pleased with this recognition because it came from people he looked up to.
“Sometimes you know yourself that you’re working really hard, but you do wonder if anyone else has noticed your effort, so the nomination itself was great.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the incredible mentors I have had along the way. They inspired me to do my very best and now I am being approached by the new trainees for advice. It's really rewarding that I’m now being recognised as a mentor too.”
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