APPRENTICE spray painter Emma Warren has won the RACV’s 2012 Jumpstart Victorian apprentice of the year award.
The prestigious award carries a large cash prize, and in Emma’s case, a prize that has been matched by her Portland employer.
Emma, who has worked at Portland’s Bruno Body Repairs (BBR) since 2010, has won the top honour for her achievements in the second year of her apprenticeship, and will receive a certificate and a $3000 prize to go towards further training. And as a bonus, BBR will match the cash prize for Emma under its own award incentive policy.
Emma is a student at Gordon Institute of TAFE in Geelong and also takes part in the BBR training program under which all staff continually upgrade their skills on vehicle repair methods to comply with safety requirements of modern cars.
When asked what receiving the award meant to her Emma said: “Everything, to think of all the people who were nominated in Victoria, it means a lot.”
Emma said she believed that winning the award would make the repair shop standout, and she planned to spend the cash prize on lots of things.
Read more in Wednesday’s edition of the Portland Observer.