POWERING ON: Apprentice electrician Dion Schloss has picked up the title of apprentice of the year for the region at the Queensland Training Awards.
POWERING ON: Apprentice electrician Dion Schloss has picked up the title of apprentice of the year for the region at the Queensland Training Awards. Allan Reinikka Rokadion

Apprentice keen for permanent job after winning top award

DION Schloss has done the hard yards as a mature-aged apprentice and it is starting to pay off.

The Rockhampton electrician has taken the title of apprentice of the year for the region at the Queensland Training Awards on the weekend.

Dion is hoping the honour will prove the final hurdle before finding a permanent role in the industry, as no job is available with his current employer once his apprenticeship wraps up.

The father-of-two is now working in casual roles and looking for a permanent opportunity.

As Dion accepted his award, he joked to the crowd that he would like to be hired.

"It's great to be on this stage, because I can say to everyone here - hire me," he said.

"I'm proud of where I've got to, and I did the apprenticeship so I could get more job security, so now I've found something that I love and something I'm really good at, I'm raring to find a permanent role, and get started."

Dion paid tribute to his family for their support and thanked CQUniversity trainers as well as his apprenticeship employer Aurizon.

He also paid tribute to fellow finalist and CQUniversity graduate Owen Murray, who had re-skilled as an electrical apprentice in Rockhampton.

The night also celebrated CQUniversity metal fabrication teacher Paul Kelly, who was named as teacher or trainer of the year for Central Queensland, while CQUniversity Gladstone vocational graduates Mary Bolling and Kiara Lavia also won their categories, vocational student of the year and trainee of the year.

Biggenden Engineering Works was named small employer of the year for Central Queensland, and JK Kelly Group was employer of the year.



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