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Electrotechnology, Engineering, Futuretech and Drummond Street Awards Ceremony

Ben Cornelius

Pictured from left: Samantha Pledger, Ben Cornelius, and Joe Pagnoccolo

Together with Samantha Pledger (Futuretech Centre Manager) and Joe Pagnoccolo, Ai Group Apprentice & Trainee Centre (AiG-ATC) is proud to see Ben Cornelius receive a student excellence award at the Holmesglen Awards Ceremony in recognition of his achievements and hard work over the year.

Ben received the Outstanding 1st Year Apprentice Electrical Fitter Award.

Ben came to this trade after working as an operations manager in the hospitality industry. He has used those transferable skills from his previous role and implemented them within his current training to complete his tasks in a timely manner.

Ben also displays great maturity in the way he conducts himself in class which provides others around him with a role model. We see Ben having the potential to achieve a lot in his electrical apprenticeship which will can only lead him to bigger and better things to come. All the Best for the future Ben and congratulations from the team.

Marand apprentice of the Year in 2019

lex Schellekens came to AiG-ATC as a polite and quietly confident young man who tested strongly in maths and mechanical aptitude. Alex is currently hosted through Marand in Moorabbin and has gone from strength to strength whilst there. Marand have been and continue to be impressed with Alex’s work ethic, devotion to his trade and long-term potential as a quality tradesman. To his credit and as a reflection of his hard work, he won the Marand Apprentice of the Year in 2019.

Congratulations Alex, well done.

Alex Schellekens

Marand's Alex Schellekens

Ai Group ATC – We’re here for you

My name is Bryce Noble, I'm 20 and from the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I'm an apprentice Fitter and Turner which involves working from drawings to manufacture parts or components for all sorts of industries. I use machinery such as milling machines or lathes, and cut materials of all kinds including, steel, plastics, aluminium etc to make a required part. Additionally, Fitters and Turners assemble components to make assemblies, often machinery used to produce other goods. Another aspect of the trade is the maintenance and repair side of the machinery manufactured and/or used by us.

When the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, I was a third-year apprentice working in a workshop that relied heavily on the education sector. With the closures of all educational institutions the workload dramatically reduced and the risk of working increased. As a result, the host company I was employed through stood down all staff alike until further notice.

For me, this meant that Ai Group Apprentice & Trainee Centre (my employer, AiG-ATC) would endeavour to find a new host company to work for. I wasn’t overly concerned as I’m aware there’s a shortage of tradespeople in the industry. I was, however, concerned that I’d miss out on learning and being able to take on new opportunities to learn and develop at this time. 

I was definitely relieved when the AiG-ATC staff (Kevin Troy, Russell Gambling and David Tate) had a number of potential employers for me, and even more so when I successfully interviewed at Marand. I had heard good things about the company regarding quality of work produced and the way staff were treated, so I was very excited to have the opportunity.

Group Training Organisations provide a sense of security for apprentices like me who find themselves in a scenario similar to mine. While there are upsides and downsides to everything, group training has been quite positive and I am thankful for having it as an option, that's for sure. I'd recommend using a AiG-ATC to anyone considering an apprenticeship.

Bryce Noble

Bryce Noble, Apprentice Fitter and Turner

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