Apprentices take track to honours



FOR Rockhampton Queensland Rail (QR) workshop apprentices James Zurvas, Michael Johnson, Mark Charlesworth and Vicki-Lee Kingsley, this weekend cannot come soon enough.

Tomorrow night, the local tradespeople will discover if they have been declared winners in their respective categories at the QR Apprentice of the Year Awards.

Mr Johnson, a third-year apprentice mechanical fitter and turner, said he was looking forward to the awards night.

"QR has given me the opportunity to go to Brisbane as a State finalist for the awards,'' he said.

"I think it will be a good night.''

The awards are designed to encourage and develop apprentices who are keen to achieve excellence.

The nominees go through an assessment process, which results in the naming of category winners and the apprentice of the year.

Apprentice vehicle finisher Ms Kingsley said she was surprised to hear of her nomination.

"I was just plodding along on my merry way doing my apprenticeship,'' she said.

"I wasn't expecting this.''

First-year mechanical fitter Mr Zurvas encouraged people to get into a trade.

"If you are interested in the trades, get into it,'' the talented apprentice said.

"You can potentially make a lot of money out of it in the end.''

Mr Charlesworth, in his fourth year of an electrical apprenticeship, agreed with Mr Zurvas.

"It's pretty good, I have got a job out of it,'' he said.



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