May 9, 2011

Two Awards for Alcoa Apprentice

Alcoa apprentice, Daniel Hendon, has won the Challenger Institute of Technology’s prestigious 2010 Student of the Year and Apprentice of the Year Awards.

The Institute’s student awards ceremony, on 20 April 2011, recognised the achievements of 65 outstanding students and four major award winners in the categories of Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year and Aboriginal Student of the Year.

The 21 year old of Mandurah completed a four-year Challenger Institute apprenticeship at Alcoa’s Pinjarra Refinery and graduated with a Certificate IV in Engineering (Instrumentation).

“I find it appealing that the electrical and instrumentation area is such a large field that is continually undergoing technological changes, so you can continually push to improve your knowledge base and skills,” Daniel said.

An accomplished hockey player, Daniel said his on-field ambition also applied to his professional career.

“I am quite a competitive person and am continually aiming to improve myself, which I think is why I am so passionate about becoming a quality electrical/instrumentation technician,” he said.

Indicative of his desire to further his skills, Daniel has also completed a Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Instrumentation and Control) at Challenger Institute’s Beaconsfield campus. He also completed his elevated platform, harness awareness and working at heights training.

“The support of my Challenger lecturers has been integral in allowing me to complete my training,” he added.

Alcoa’s Apprentice Training Coordinators Kevin Lunn and Brian Dumbrell were unanimous in their praise.

“This is a much deserved win for Daniel, as he has shown great maturity and is a role model to other apprentices at Alcoa,” Kevin said.

“Daniel has constantly achieved high results in his appraisals throughout his apprenticeship and he is constantly looking to learn all the time,” Brian added.

Challenger Institute Managing Director Liz Harris said Daniel’s success in winning these awards was testament to his extensive knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the industry.

“Daniel’s dedication to his industry is unrivalled,” Ms Harris said.

“He is already mentoring new apprentices and has demonstrated throughout his time at Challenger and apprenticeship that he is meticulous, intelligent and destined for a successful career.”