BCE students take TAFE Awards by storm

The top prize for the school-based Apprentice of the Year award has been taken out by Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) student Hailey Dicker from Trinity College Beenleigh at this year’s 2022 TAFE Queensland – SkillsTech Apprentice Awards.  

At the awards event on Thursday 10 November Hailey was joined by two other BCE students William Gallimore from Clairvaux Mackillop College Upper Mount Gravatt, and Kyan Wilson from Chisholm Catholic College Cornubia, also named finalists.  

The BCE students recognised on the night are completing apprenticeships in engineering fabrication, carpentry, and plumbing explained BCE Senior Leader Paul Easton. 

“Our students are leading the way and setting the standard for the next generation within the trade industries world,” he said. 

“I am so proud of Hailey, William, and Kyan who have shone in their apprenticeships, and have earned this recognition due to their hard work and dedication to their employers, while still completing their Year 12 studies. 

“Their accomplishments are a reflection of their teacher's dedication and expertise.” 

Trinity College’s Principal Christopher Raju also gave his student high praise. 

“I am so impressed by how Hailey represents herself and the College at all times,” he said.  

“She has made our school community incredibly proud, and I know her future is a very bright one.” 

Hailey’s employer Barney Dunn from BarCat Fabrication gave her the highest praise possible. 

“I can say without hesitation that she is by far the best employee I have ever hired in my long, long career,” he said. 

Accrediting his stellar apprentice’s success to the values instilled by Trinity College and the training provided by TAFE Queensland. 

Clairvaux Mackillop Principal Christine Clarke said William’s dedication to his studies is commendable.  

“With passion and commitment comes success, and William has exemplified these qualities in both his schoolwork and apprenticeship,” she said. 
Chisholm Catholic College Principal Damian Bottaccio said he is “incredibly pleased for Kyan.” 

“It is recognition of his commitment to a pathway where we know he will enjoy success,” he said. 

The school-based Apprentice of the Year award is sponsored by MAS National, and Australian Apprentice Support Network organisation. 

About the 2022 TAFE Queensland – SkillsTech Apprentice Awards: 

The 2022 TAFE Queensland – SkillsTech Apprentice Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding apprentices in a range of trades at Queensland’s largest training provider. 

Now in its fifth year, the awards saw a total of 16 awards for apprentices and two inaugural employer awards presented in front of Queensland’s leading trade industry representatives across award categories ranging from carpentry through to instrumentation and manufacturing. 

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