Three VERTO apprentices have taken out major awards at this year’s HunterNet Annual Chairman’s Awards Dinner. The event showcased some of the top apprentices and trainees from across the Hunter Region, celebrating and acknowledging their incredible work in the trade industry.

Lillian Spooner, Peter Mossad, and Bryceson King were all recognised for achievements in their respective industries. Lillian, from Tull Electrical, and Peter, from Compass Pools Australia, both received the 1st Year Apprentice of the Year Award, with the judges from HunterNet Group Training unable to split the two finalists.

Lillian, who has completed her first year of a Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrical), was recognised for her incredible knowledge and enthusiasm as a young woman working in a non-traditional trade. Peter, who has completed his first year in a Certificate III in Engineering (Composites Trade) was acknowledged by the judges for his desire to understand and perfect complex duties, having already been promoted into a leadership role.

Bryceson took out the Apprentice/Trainee Award for Excellence in Safety, recognised for his demonstrations of extensive safety knowledge in his position at BAE Systems, while studying a Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical).

VERTO Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, commended the apprentices for their achievements saying, “At a time when youth unemployment is at an all-time high, these apprentices and trainees are shining a light on viable career paths that showcase their skills and passions with endless career possibilities.”

Of Lillian and Peter’s joint win, he added, “The first year of an apprenticeship or traineeship can be daunting, but to hear that Lillian and Peter are both thriving in their chosen trades is a great example to those who will follow them.”

Mr Maxwell said that Bryceson’s win highlighted the importance of safety in the workplace. “Going home safe is one of the most important mantras in any workplace, especially for our tradespeople where there can be risks involved and an ‘old-school’ approach to safety does not cut it anymore.

“Bryceson’s attitude towards safety in his workplace is so important and will influence others to do the same.”

VERTO supports both employers and apprentices across the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria, with a dedicated local team in the Hunter Region. If you are looking to hire an apprentice or start an apprenticeship, contact VERTO on 1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786).