Alex rakes in apprentice awards

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

AS an electrical apprentice Alex Upton has excelled. He recently won the Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited (GAGAL) school based apprenticeship award.

Then in Yeppoon Alex was a finalist for the Group Training Award.

Following on from that, he was highly recommended at the National Training Awards held in Sydney.

He said the honour of receiving so many accolades was surreal but slowly sinking in.

'It is rewarding to be recognised for what I have done and encouraging for my confidence,' Alex said.

Alex attended school and work during his apprenticeship, enabling him to take one year off his four year term. Despite having so many commitments he was also able to win the Spirit Involvement Award from Tannum State High School.

The annual award recognises exceptional students.

Alex said he was very grateful for the different organisations which helped him juggle his different commitments, and work and study at the same time.

'During year 11 and 12 I worked Monday and Tuesday for Phil Prizeman of Prizeman Electricals and the rest of the week attended school,' Alex said.

Mr Prizeman was happy about Alex's success and gave him a wrap.

'He is a pretty good lad and he deserves it,' Mr Prizeman said. When asked about his employer Alex said that he could not complain because he let him go to schoolies before starting fulltime work ? something he was very happy about.

Field officer for GAGAL Mick Heany said Alex should be commended for his commitment to work and school.

'He is an exceptional apprentice and a great role model for current and future apprentices,' Mr Heany said.



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