Apprenticeships are an excellent pathway for young people to gain experience in their chosen workplace and today’s apprentices are tomorrow’s expert, skilled professionals and trades people. As part of its core values the Rotary Club of Drysdale encourages youth and offers a number of programs throughout the year.
The inaugural Star Apprentice Awards was held recently and featured three electricians, a carpenter, greenkeeper and a chef. The nominees and their employers were interviewed and invited along to a special celebration dinner where they were recognised for their efforts. The common thread from the employers of all of the nominees was their solid work ethic, their commitment to learning, always seeking answers if they were unsure and respect for their employers.
In our current society we are too quick to give labels to groups and it is so refreshing to have a group of young people being acknowledged for their efforts but also to the employers for teaching them skills that will set them up for life. The apprentices received $500 each to help them on their way in their chosen career.
The Rotary Club of Drysdale will run a further Star Apprentice Award in 2018 for apprentices working in businesses located on the Bellarine Peninsula.