ATOA Best Victorian Apprentice & Trainee Award

The Australian Technical Officers Association has bestowed AEN with funding to continue an award to recognise the Best Victorian GTO Apprentice & Trainee. AEN members are encouraged to complete the below nomination form that will be judged by the AEN nominations committee (and guest judges at the discretion of AEN). Award finalists will be invited (as guests) to attend the annual AEN dinner in November where the winner will be announced.

Past Recipients

Best Victorian Apprentice

Name Awarded For… Year
Matt Shipard
Ai Group Apprentices & Trainees
In 2014 Matt commenced his apprenticeship with Ai Group as a Maintenance Fitter securing a position with Nestle Uncle Toby’s in Wagaunah. He is now in the process of completing his second qualification in Engineering Fabrication. Matt has developed excellent leadership skills and is a mentor to new apprentices, he is highly regarded, and displays excellent work ethics, which makes him an outstanding member of his team. Read More.


Greg Hogan
Gforce Employment Solutions
Originally from Maryborough Victoria, Greg moved to Geelong in 2013 looking for work in the furniture industry.  Having previously taken design and technology classes, and starting a furniture design course at university he realised he had a passion for fine timber work and hand crafted upholstery. Read More. 2016
Harry Bennett
The Apprenticeship Factory
Harry Bennett is a 4th Year Engineering (Mechanical) Apprentice who has been hosted out to Rubicon Systems Australia in Shepparton.  He started his apprenticeship in February 2012 and is expected to complete in February 2016.  Harry has proven to be an outstanding apprentice throughout his employment with The Apprenticeship Factory. Read More 2015
Mitchell Dowling
Link Employment and Training
Mitchell is currently employed by Link Employment and Training as an apprentice and is hosted with Laser 3D in Dandenong. Mitch made the decision to leave his well paying job as a manager at Coles to pursue an apprenticeship. Read More 2014

Best Victorian Trainee


Name Awarded For… Year
Merinda Dryden
NECA Education & Careers
Merinda commenced her traineeship with NECA after completing her year 12 studies, she commenced working at the Department of Justice and Regulation in the HR department. In a short period of time, she excelled in her role, developing excellent communication skills, & quickly adapting to a changing environment. Read More. 2017
Ashley Hall
GForce Employment Solutions
Ashley completed a school-based traineeship in community services work whilst attending Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College in 2015.  Ashley went about her training and work placement in a quiet, unassuming manner.  She always contributed in class and encouraged others at the Gordon TAFE. Read More. 2016
Symantha McGrath
Brotherhood of St Laurence
At the age of 16, Symantha McGrath was a young school drop out, hanging around with “the wrong crowd” after growing up in a very unstable environment. As a child Symantha had no adult role models or peers that were in any form of employment, key adults around her were drug affected, and as a result, she had to move homes and  transition through different guardianship arrangements, often wagging school and missing out on her education. Read More. 2015

Application Process

Applications Open Wednesday 1 August 2018
Applications Close Friday 27 September 2018
Award Presented Thursday 22 November 2018

Click here for the Nomination Form

Eligibility and Conditions

Candidates for the award:

  • must be an Apprentice employed by a Victorian organisation