The announcement of the 2013 370° Group Awards took place on Friday 8 February before a packed house at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
This important night is one of the highlights of the year where we acknowledge and celebrate young people who have displayed excellence in both their ‘on-the-job’ performance and off-the-job studies.
With host John Deeks keeping the night lively and entertaining, nominees, sponsors, partners, and education professionals came together to celebrate the incredible achievements and diversity of 370° Group talent in 2013.
The 2013 370° Group Award winners are:
NECA Skills Centre Electrotechnology Awards
Nathan recently completed Year 12 VCAL at Epping Secondary College and was awarded the 370° Group VCAL Award for his stand out positivity, commitment and achievement.
“Nathan has shown an aptitude towards electrical studies for some years and was keen to commence the Electrotechnology course when he entered his ‘Pathways’ program in Year 10,” commented Martin Bentley, NECA Skills Centre Teacher.
“Furthermore he is well organised and an independent thinking student who contributes to the classroom learning culture in a positive, team orientated manner.”
“I was so excited to receive this award, I worked at Concept Caravans and having the hands on experience, good learning environment and being able to work in electrical gave me a great way to see if it was right for me,” commented Nathan.
Nathan would like to enter the Electrical Industry on completion of his Year 12 studies and after completing his apprenticeship look into expanding his knowledge and skill base to allow him to diversify within the industry and later investigate options of setting up his own business.
Peter was awarded the NECA Skills Centre Pre-Apprentice award for his outstanding results and attitude to all he deals with.
“Peter was a pleasure to teach with fantastic results in the mid 90s, he is an outstanding student, a real team player,” commented Ian Theobold, NECA Skills Centre Teacher.
Upon receiving his award, Peter commented “it’s good to be rewarded for putting in all the hard work. My pre-apprenticeship has given me the theoretical knowledge. When I started my apprenticeship I had a solid understanding of what was happening on the job site as it was covered in the pre-app. I couldn’t imagine starting an apprenticeship without my pre-app.”
“I would highly recommend completing a pre-apprenticeship, the teachers are what I enjoyed the most. They’re sparkies, you can ask them any question and they know where you are coming from as they have been an apprentice. They can relate and answer in a way that is easy to understand.”
Peter is currently completing his apprenticeship with DESA and is looking forward to finishing his apprenticeship and gaining his A grade licence.
Meena’s approach to his apprenticeship, fellow apprentices, colleagues and teachers has seen Meena awarded the NECA Skills Centre 1st Year Apprentice.
“Meena is the perfect student, who is more than willing to help and assist others. He is an active participant in all aspects from practical exercises to theoretical discussions. Meena would always come to class prepared with questions for the instructor, this shows in his results that he is an exceptional studier,” stated David Bentley, NECA Skills Centre Training Coordinator.
“Furthermore Meena is well respected by his classmates and he is courteous and polite to all instructors in the Skills Centre”.
“I can’t quite believe I’ve won,” commented Meena, “I’m proud to receive this award and I must thank the teachers and staff at NECA Skills Centre for helping me. My apprenticeship allows me to do something I love; trade school gives me a break to study while gaining the hands on experience.”
“370° has been so easy to work for, allowing me to work with different companies across different fields.”
Once Meena has completed his apprenticeship he is looking at specialising in electrical engineering or working in the mines.
Callum was awarded the NECA Skills Centre 2nd Year Apprentice for his excellence in both the classroom and on the job training.
Upon accepting his award Callum commented, “I love working, my apprenticeship is a great opportunity; there is always something different, it’s never repetitive. I’m completing my apprenticeship with Nilsen and between them and NECA Skills Centre it’s awesome. NECA has state-of-the-art facilities and Nilsen are just great to work for with plenty of opportunities”.
“Callum is a student of exemplary standard. He has the rare combination of being meticulous and efficient in his practical skills and is an extremely high achiever in his knowledge assessments. His attitude in the class to his fellow students and instructors is flawless,” said David Bentley, NECA Skills Centre Training Coordinator.
When asked if he had any advice for future apprentices Callum commented, “Pass all your subjects at school and once you get your apprenticeship be enthusiastic and willing to learn. Over time you will build trust and be given more responsibility”.
Callum is currently completing his Certificate IV in Motor Control and would like to continue with Nilsen after his apprenticeship and specialise in High Voltage.
Matthew has been named the NECA Skills Centre Apprentice of the Year. This award recognises apprentices who demonstrate positive qualities in the classroom and excelled in on-the-job training and unit competencies.
James Abbot, NECA Skills Centre Teacher testified to this. “Matthew is a freak of a student in the way he absorbs information. He is inquisitive, but also helps other to interpret sometimes difficult subject matter into simplified terms for them to better understand. His average result of mid 90% is justification that the hard work he puts in pays off”.
On winning the NECA Skills Centre Apprentice of the Year Matthew says “I wasn’t expecting to win, I was happy to be nominated and recognised for something I love doing”.
When asked what the highlight of his apprenticeship was Matthew commented, “the support from the trade school, my work places and the variety of work”.
“The support from NECA Skills Centre teachers in particular James Abbot, who has been fantastic, going above and beyond to help me out, has been amazing.
“My host employer Maxim Electrical, are excellent they have supported me and put me through courses like First Aid and C-Bus, anything I’ve been interested in, they have been there to help me learn while working on large projects that you wouldn’t normally see like wind turbines and renewable energy.”
Matthew hopes to stay with Maxim electrical and become a foreman or specialise in a specific area/field.
Raynard never stopped believing that he could reach his dream of becoming a successful tradesman and he is well on the way after being named NECA Apprenticeships Other Trade award winner.
Wanting to get into a trade and support his family saw Raynard take on an apprenticeship. “As an adult, I wanted to get into a trade, it’s a great opportunity for the family and my career. “I’m honoured to receive this award” commented Raynard”.
“370° Group and Kone Elevators are excellent and have supported me to achieve my dream. All I can say to others wanting a change in career or to further themselves seize the opportunity and don’t waste it. It is never too late, have a dream, use your will power and go for it!”
Philip Seeber, 370° Group Field Officer stated “Raynard is the man who found his vocation as an Engineer Fitter and it shows. He is reliable, talented, willing and an incredibly capable person who is clever and hungry for knowledge. This is evident in his on the job, TAFE and post trade studies. His standards are high; he is a craftsman and has precision with safety. Most of all, pride is his guide and a belief in doing the best possible is only surpassed by doing better tomorrow”.
Raynard looks forward to completing his apprenticeship and working in the elevator and escalator industry.
370° Group Traineeships – Trainee Awards
Not being a fan of school and wanting to get hands-on experience Samantha decided to undertake a traineeship in Child Care during Year 12. Her dedication, passion and maturity during her traineeship have seen Samantha awarded the School-based Trainee Award.
Upon receiving her award Samantha commented, “I came here just proud to be nominated and it doesn’t matter what happens. I’m really excited to be accepting this award”.
“Sam has shown a high level of dedication to her workplace right from the start with her excellent attendance and communication to her passion for the children and their welfare,” stated Leanne Rizzi, 370° group Field Officer. “Parents would be amazed to find out she was a student and not a permanent staff member.”
“I loved my placement, I walked in knowing people and felt like a team member from the start,” says Samantha. “I have learnt a lot, made a lot of friends and have been able to take what I have learnt into the workplace.”
Samantha completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services whilst working two jobs and studying Year 12 VCE. She managed to handle it all very well and when asked how Samantha commented, “it was hard and I don’t know how I did it. If I did it again I would consider it in Year 11, it would have just made it that little bit easier.”
Samantha contributes her success to 370° and her Field Officer Leanne Rizzi, and Lily James Gowrie Teacher/Trainer. “Leanne always made sure I was happy, she kept in contact and cared about me as a person not just about my traineeship. She was always there and the help I received was more than enough and the support I gained from Lilly and my parents of course is something I’ll never forget. They all played massive roles in my achievement and are the reasons I was able to succeed. Group 5 of this course became close friends, not just with each other but with Lily!”
Samantha’s future plans include continuing on with being an early learning educator and further studying into diploma and maybe even Bachelor! The safety and wellbeing of children she cares for are her main focus and teaching them and preparing them for their next journey in life, which rewards her by just knowing they’re ready to move on.
Alexandra has topped off a successful 2013 being named joint winner of the Trainee of the Year award.
Having started three university courses and wanting to work and study at the same time, Alexandra sat down for a chat with 370° group. “I knew that a traineeship was the right option for me, 370° looked at my strengths and interests and gave me a number of options for me to choose from,” commented Alexandra.
Having completed her Certificate IV in Business while employed with the Victorian Government Department of Education and Early Childhood, Alexandra is now completing her Diploma while working in the office for the Victorian Government Minister of Education.
Alexandra was selected as part of the Today’s Skills, Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, in which 21 high achievers and potential industry leaders of the future come together to develop their leadership and self-management skills. Alexandra commented “it was an amazing week; I was with like-minded, driven people who have become great friends. There was so much information I was able to take away and implement in the workplace”.
“Completing a traineeship has not only put my career on-track but it has given me direction for the future,” stated Alexandra. “Go in and chat if you’re not sure, 370° was very helpful. You can only give it a shot and see how you feel about it”.
Alexandra hopes to stay in Politics and work as an Executive Assistant in the future.
Having an interest in computers and not being able to find work, Anthony started a traineeship that has seen him go above and beyond anything he could have imagined.
“I applied for a traineeship because I couldn’t get work, I didn’t realise what I was getting myself into but when I saw the opportunities and what i could get out of it, I took hold of it,” says Anthony.
Anthony completed his traineeship with Ticketmaster and while it was new for both, it has become a match made in heaven. “Anthony has exceeded all expectations at Ticketmaster. Taking on an IT Trainee was new to the department and they were not quite sure what to expect,” stated Bianca Walters, 370° group Field Officer. Anthony’s willingness to learn, take on new challenges and strive to work independently, along with his quality of his studies and results through RMIT has led to full time employment.
Anthony’s role encompasses maintaining desktops throughout Asia Pacific as a services engineer. A highlight of his traineeship was travelling to Hong Kong and Korea. “We had an office move and I project managed the move to the new office, ensuring all services were re-connected and running smoothly,” says Anthony. “I have been able to attend a wide variety of entertainment and been given range of tasks including hardware set-up for Point of Sale points such as U2 concert, Comedy Festival and Melbourne Airshow to onsite support and facilitating bump-in and bump-out.”
Completing a traineeship has been rewarding and his advice to others is “It’s hard to get work, companies are looking for experience, a traineeship gives you both. You can lay the ground work while getting experience.”
NECA Apprenticeships – Electrical Awards
Steven was awarded the 1st Year Electrical Apprentice Award for his attitude, excellence in on-the-job training and his focus on his apprenticeship.
Still in shock from receiving the award Steven commented, “why me, I never thought I would be considered for an award. I must be doing something right!”
“Steven is a very pleasant well-mannered young man with great ability, confidence, integrity and good communication skills, all in all, the perfect all round apprentice,” said Steven McKay, NECA Apprenticeship Field Officer.
“Steven is without a doubt the full package. He has tremendous attitude to trade school studies as well as his on the job ability. Steven has a desire to obtain as much exposure to the electrical industry as he can during his apprenticeship and is totally focused on being the best he can be.”
When asked what had been the highlight of his first year Steven said “I now have a deeper understanding of everything and how it works. I can’t believe how much you see back of house.”
Steven is completing his apprenticeship through NECA Apprenticeship and said, “it’s good going through NECA Apprenticeship group. You get to do a greater variety of work, you get your profiling up and they have support (Field Officers) and systems you can fall back on”.
When asked about his advice to future apprentices Steven stated, “there are ups and downs but don’t give up, if you really want it go for it. During your apprenticeship, do everything and most of all appreciate it.”
Knowing he wanted to go into trade was all Mathew had thought about after completing school and decided electrical was for him. His attitude, work ethic and desire to achieve have earned him the 2nd Year Electrical Apprentice Award.
“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and very excited to receive this award,” commented Mathew. “Being able to see your skills improve as you go is really satisfying. One project I’m proud of is the Melbourne Aquarium complete refurbishment. We completed all the electrical for the whole complex and it was a real milestone to my learning, skills and confidence”.
Steven McKay, NECA Apprenticeships Field Officer stated “Mathew would have to be the most enthusiastic apprentice I have come across in the past four years. Since commencing his apprenticeship, his desire to achieve his qualification was evident”.
“Mathew is a helper, willing to give that extra bit, never complains and clearly loves his job. He is a credit to himself, his host employer and NECA Apprenticeships.”
“I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship so far, my host-employer Recips Electrical is great, and they have allowed me to access a good variety of work,” commented Mathew. “An apprenticeship is great, you get paid while learning and you can stand back all look at what you’ve accomplished. If you’re completing an apprenticeship or looking at a trade, go for it”.
“I would like to thank NECA for this award, my field officers for being supportive and helpful throughout my apprenticeship so far, and everyone at Recips Electrical for giving me the variety and experience I need to become a professional tradesman. I also want to thank my teachers who have helped me through my schooling and lastly my family for supporting me everyday.”
Matthew’s plans for the future include gaining his A grade licence and gaining full time employment
Ben was awarded the 3rd Year Apprentice for his excellence in both the classroom and on the job training.
Being nicely surprised by his award, Ben has found his apprenticeship to be rewarding and a great experience. “Working at the MCG for 11 months on the Great Southern Stand Redevelopment has been a major highlight,” says Ben. “To be able to look back at what I and Road Runner Electrical team have achieved together is great.”
“Ben has been the perfect apprentice, always up-to-date with schooling and profiling, coupled with his natural ability to carry out his duties with a work ethic to match,” commented Steven McKay, NECA Apprenticeships Field Officer. “Ben has consistently received glowing reports not only from his host employer but also work colleagues and clients. Ben is an excellent example to young apprentices in the future.”
Ben thanked Road Runner Electrical for how much they put into taking on apprentices and utilising NECA Apprenticeships, as well as Steven McKay for all his support.
Ben plans for the future include gaining his A grade licence and working with Road Runner Electrical, with the dream of owning his own business one day.
Adam has been outstanding throughout his apprenticeship and is the deserving winner of the 370° group major award, NECA Electrical Apprentice of the Year.
Adam couldn’t believe it when his name was announced. “I’m surprised, I nearly didn’t make it and to hear my name was a complete surprise, I really wasn’t expecting it,” said Adam.
While there has been no one particular highlight for Adam, the variety and opportunities are a standout. “I can’t believe I have finished my apprenticeship and that I have being doing it for four years. The exposure to different styles of work and the way in which you are prepared for working in the industry is what NECA Apprenticeships gives you.”
“Adam has been an exceptional student and has excelled in all aspects of the trade to date,” said Steven McKay, NECA Apprenticeships Field Officer. “Taking into consideration the rotational basis in how NECA Apprenticeships operate, Adam adapted extremely well and has built a great network of contacts for the future.”
“His work ethic and ability to carry out the jobs are second to none, and due to his exceptional communication skills and willingness to adapt and put in that little bit more, he has surely ensured a job placement at the completion of his apprenticeship”.
Adam’s advice to apprentice’s and anyone considering an apprenticeship is simple “make the most of every situation, whether its crawling through a roof or completing a repetitive task it all helps. Apprentices don’t realise how good they’ve got it, while we might be on less money, the opportunities and futures prospects are all positive”.
“A lot of people see NECA as a ‘last option’, it’s far from that. NECA Apprenticeships have the advantage of being a large organisation that gives you access to a variety of jobs while being small enough that you know everyone. Furthermore the industry has quiet times and with NECA you are employed all of the time.”
Adam’s future plans include specialising in petrochemical, liquid natural gas and oil rig work, while continuing to learn and being the best he can be.
Host Employer of the Year
Winner – Base 10 Pty Ltd
Winner – Road Runner Electrics Pty Ltd
Providing uncompromised care every step of the way for cancer patients is only part of the role Oncology Clinics Victoria (OCV) play in helping the community. OCV also train and upskill trainees and have been awarded 370° Group Traineeship Host Employer of the Year award.
OCV and 370° Traineeships have been partners since 2010, in this time OCV have provided 5 individuals the opportunity to commence their career in the health industry through a Business Administration traineeship.
OCV provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care for cancer patients and aid in the continued developments in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of cancer through research, education and clinical practice.
“Their supportive and positive workplace environment has enabled trainees to develop many skills, qualifications and the experience to advance their career in the industry,” commented Evan Henry, 370° Traineeships Senior Business Consultant.
“We are incredibly overwhelmed, surprised and honoured,” commented Alexandra Richardson, Oncology Clinics Victoria Business Manager. “We were initially approached by Evan Henry to take on a trainee; initially our organisation was hesitant, due to the nature of our business. However when we reviewed many of our administrative tasks, we realised there was a need for a junior assistant and thought we would give the program a go.”
“We have had some great trainees; the senior girls have loved mentoring & working with these young ladies. All our trainees have been eager to learn and have appreciated the opportunity. It has been wonderful to see these young ladies develop their skills under our guidance. 370° Group make it incredibly easy. 370° Group advertise, interview, handle payroll, and deal with any issues that may arise. They know what we want, and what values are important to us when they seek candidates for our group. They will only put forward suitable candidates which meet our criteria, they focus on quality and take the relevant time required to find the suitable person.
“Furthermore they give additional support that we can’t provide in a very influential and positive way.”
Congratulation to OCV and we look forward to continuing partnership together.