Lukas has just been told that he's down to the final four in the Victorian Apprentice of the Year Award category for the 2011 Victorian Training Awards - Victoria's most prestigious training awards for apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, employers, and training providers.
To make it to the finalist stage Lukas had to satisfy a rigorous application process that was assessed by a panel of industry-relevant judges. He will now proceed to the interview stage prior to the Victorian Training Awards Presentation Evening on Friday 2 September at the Palladium at Crown where the winner will be announced.
“There was a detailed application process,” says Lukas. “It was a great surprise to make the final four.”
While Lukas is ecstatic about the possibility of being named Victorian Apprentice of the Year, the 22 year-old Whittlesea resident has snared a number of significant awards in the past 12 months. In 2010 Lukas won a gold medal at the Australian World Skills titles (World Skills is the equivalent of the Olympics for apprentice tradies) in the Detailed Joinery and Shopfitting Category. He also won an NMIT study grant for Offsite Construction in the same year. This year Lukas won the 2011 Master Builders Association of Victoria Apprentice of the Year - Offsite Construction (Joinery) and was recently named NMIT Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee of the Year during the Institute's Graduation ceremony in May.
Lukas, who completed NMIT's Certificate III in Off-site Construction (Joinery - Timber/Aluminium/Glass) at NMIT's Heidelberg campus in September, has a busy schedule ahead of him. He's due to 'sign off' on his apprenticeship at Collingwood fencing and veranda specialists, Perry Bird Pickets, in August and then he's off to London for six months.
As part of his prize for winning the gold medal at the Australian World Skills titles, Lukas, received a 'Big Brother Scholarship' which will enable him to travel to London in September to attend a team leadership training program and to watch the international World Skills titles. Lukas only narrowly missed out on representing Australia at the international World Skills Titles because he was 30 days above the maximum age limit for the international event.
“I'm really excited and can't wait to go,” says Lukas. “I've only ever been to Fiji and New Zealand when I was little. The scholarship also includes a work placement and I'll be working with UK conservatory manufacturer, David Salisbury.”
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