A Corryong man who changed careers in his late 30s has been named Australia’s Apprentice of the Year.
Michael Edwards, 39, was honoured at the 2018 Australian Training Awards presentation dinner in Sydney, having previously been recognised at the Riverina and NSW levels.
The TAFE NSW Wagga student became an electrical apprentice with Snowy Hydro after 15 years as a mechanic.
“It’s an amazing honour and a privilege to represent at a national level, let alone win,” Mr Edwards said.
“I’ve had such a strong support network that I couldn’t have reached this level without.”
Mr Edwards thanked his wife, his employer Snowy Hydro and TAFE NSW for their assistance.
Snowy Hydro chief executive Paul Broad described Mr Edwards as a quiet achiever humble about his contribution and a valued worker.
“His preparedness to share his knowledge, experience and skills with others lifts the whole team,” Mr Broad said.
TAFE NSW regional general manager Kerry Penton congratulated Mr Edwards on his landmark victory and wished him well for his future career.
“Michael is an inspiration and this award is testament to his talent, determination and work ethic,” she said.
The national awards represent the peak of achievement for individuals, businesses and registered training organisations in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
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