Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon today congratulated Dale Goldfinch on being judged Apprentice of the Year for 2013 in the Group Training Australia (SA) Awards.
Mr Goldfinch received the award from Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce (ret’d), Governor of South Australia, after completing his four-year apprenticeship at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) as a trainee from the Australian Industry Group Training Services.
“Mr Goldfinch is a worthy recipient of this award and will serve to inspire a new generation of aspiring tradespeople through his achievements as a trainee,” said Minister Snowdon.
Mr Goldfinch, 27, completed a Certificate III in Engineering-Fabrication Trade and is currently working as lead tradesman on a large scale fabrication and assembly program for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft at DSTO.
“I wish Mr Goldfinch every success in his current role and as he contests the Group Training Australia awards at the national level later this month.
“I also commend Mr Goldfinch’s supervising staff at DSTO and their contribution to his success through the ongoing mentoring and support they have provided.” Minister Snowdon said.
DSTO has an impressive history of training and nurturing apprentices during the past 60 years, and has produced more than 1500 tradespeople through its former apprentice training school.
“Training apprentices in technical disciplines of direct relevance to industry is one of the best ways to build skill levels within Defence,” Minister Snowdon said.
Minister Snowdon said the Australian Government is committed to supporting apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector within the occupations or industries experiencing skills shortage.
Minister Snowdon’s Office: Carly Olsen (02) 6277 7820 or 0477 758 200
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