The AMCA presented its training awards on Saturday, August 11, at a gala dinner held at the Glasshouse in Melbourne.
Master of Ceremonies, Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann, helped to ensure it was an enjoyable evening as members of the industry gathered to honour its young trainees and apprentices.
Winner of the overall Training Achievement Award was Ms Jessica Malouf, a Mechanical Services plumber with A. G. Coombs.
Jessica was selected from a field of three finalists, each winners of their resepctive category and assessed against a set criteria covering career and study achievements; communication, team and leadership skills; as well as community service.
Finalist who won their categories this year included:
- Drafting Jessica Porter, BSA Allstaff.
- Refrigeration Mechanic James Morrison, TCM Solutions.
- Mechanical Plumbing Jessica Malouf, A.G. Coombs.
As category recipients, each finalist received $1,000, with a further thousand donated on their behalf to their preferred charity. Jessica Porter nominated the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, while James Morrison nominated the Pat Cronin Foundation.
As the overall winner, Jessica Molouf received an additional $2,000 and a further $2,000 for her nominated charity, Berry Street Foster Care.
"Previous recipient of the awards have gone on to make a great contribution to the industry", AMCA Executive Director, Sumit Oberoi said.
"Jessica was an outstanding recipient who will be a future leader of the HVAC industry. All three finalists will be equally terrific ambassadors for our industry and we look forward in observing their career pathway and the impact they will make", said Sumit.
A highlight of the evening was Mr Neil Coulson, Victorian Skills Commissioners address. Neil was appointed as the first Victorian Skills Commissioner in December 2015. The independent role signalled a new direction in how industry would engage with the training system. The Commissioner works with employers, unions and government to better align training with the needs of the Victorian industry and economy.
Neil thanked the AMCA for the great work it is doing in the area of apprenticeship training, saying" your efforts are not only ensuring a strong future for your industry by supplying it with necessary skills, but you're doing the right thing by our young people, who deserve the great start in life that an apprenticeship provides".
Neil congratulated all of the evenings award finalists who have now successfully completed their apprenticeships and other qualifications in this incredibly important industry.
The AMCA would also like to acknowledge the vital contribution of our event partners, Incolink, Cbus, Windsor Management Insurance Brokers, Holmesglen Institute, Box Hill Institute, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation and Reece HVAC&R.
Their contribution is a sign, not only of their support for the AMCA, but also their long lasting commitment to the industry.