FARMING apprentice Harley McKenzie was voted the Casterton Apprentice/Trainee of the Year for 2013 at the Rotary Club of Casterton’s annual awards dinner last Thursday night.
The award is presented by the Rotary Club to recognise the achievements of young adults who choose to continue their career development in the local district after completing their secondary education.
At last week’s dinner there were six finalists from fields as diverse as aged care and small engines. Rotary Club president Sue Kilsby said the standard of applicant was very high this year.
“Each of the six finalists should be very proud of what they have achieved so early in their careers,” she said. “They are clearly highly valued by their employers, and are an important part of our community and our business environment.”
The award was presented by Glenelg Shire Mayor John Northcott who encouraged all the young apprentices and trainees to further develop their skills, and to remain loyal to their employers who have given them an opportunity to learn.
Each apprentice was required to submit a written application for the award, including references from their employers, or other relevant people.
Each finalist then completed a 15-minute interview with a panel of judges that included guest judge Pru Robbins and Rotarians Roger Dalby and Don Kilsby.
The judges considered both the written applications and the information gained during the interview before making a final selection.
Full story in the Spectator on Wednesday, February 5, 2014