Ampcontrol Testing Officer, Joshua French, has been awarded the prestigious Stan Rippon Award for Excellence in Trade at the 2020 NSW Training Awards – Hunter Region.
Recognising and celebrating the achievements of the best in vocational education and training in NSW, the 2020 Hunter Region Awards were announced during a Facebook Live ceremony on Monday 22 June.
Joshua French, a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year – Electrotechnology Certificate III category, received the highly regarded industry accolade for his dedication and excellence within his chosen vocational trade and commitment to career growth.
Commencing his Electrical Apprenticeship with Ampcontrol in 2016, Joshua is now employed fulltime in the Ampcontrol Electrical Testing Team at Tomago NSW.
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to workplace skills and learning, Joshua has completed a Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and Certificate III in Electrotechnology both at TAFE NSW.
Validating his decision to commence a second apprenticeship in a different trade, Joshua said it was no walk in the park to begin a new apprenticeship.
“It certainly wasn’t easy to start a second Apprenticeship right after I finished the first one,” Joshua said.
“For me, I don’t look at this Award as being an individual achievement, it is more about group recognition as there are so many people that have helped me during my career – my family, friends, work mates, and my employer. This is also a recognition for them.”
The prestigious Award for Excellence In Trade honours the passion and tirelessly work of tradesman Stan Rippon in promoting vocational training in the Hunter Region.
Now retired, Stan holds the position of Vice-Chairperson of the Hunter Regional Apprenticeship and Traineeship Advisory Committee and remains committed to ensuring the region remains robust in the employment and training of our traditional tradesmen and women.
With a long-standing history of career development and engineering excellence in the Hunter region, Ampcontrol actively participates and supports industry, education, and community collaboration to provide students with dedicated pathways to STEM-related qualifications and local employment.
Ampcontrol Learning and Development Specialist, Mikhaila Halford, said the team were happy to hear the news of Joshua’s win and celebrate this well-earned achievement.
“We are thrilled for Joshua in receiving this incredible industry acknowledgment for all his ongoing hard work and commitment to his career development and role at Ampcontrol,” she said.
“We are always so proud to see our apprentices’ progress and move into fulltime positions within our business.”
Ampcontrol currently has 68 students participating in vocational education and training (VET) based roles in the areas of engineering, technology, electrical, mechanical, and manufacturing including 48 apprentices, 13 trainees, 6 workplace placements, and one school-based apprentice through the P-Tech Australia partnership program.
IMAGE | NSW Training Awards Stan Rippon Award for Excellence In Trade recipient, Joshua French from Ampcontrol.