The STAR (Stop Taking a Risk) Awards are presented to an apprentice/trainee for a demonstrated contribution to OH&S or outstanding OH&S leadership skills or initiative in their workplace.
Group Training Organisations, client organisations, supervisors, field officers, colleagues, professional bodies, and students can make nominations.
To nominate an outstanding apprentice or trainee for this award please use this nomination form.
2022 – Anthony Thomas – Ai Group
After several attempts at different careers paths, Anthony realised his jobs were just not what he was looking for. Anthony wanted something with a structured work environment and a hands-on job. Anthony began looking for a career in manufacturing and once securing his apprenticeship with Ai Group and Hardchrome Engineering, he immediately knew he’d made the right choice. Read more.
2021 – Demita Boyd – BGT Jobs + Training
Past experience in house painting was something Demita found enjoyable so when she saw a job ad for a spray-painting apprenticeship, it seemed like the right fit. Becoming an apprentice at 29 years of age is one of the best things that Demita has ever done! Read more.
2020 – Nathan Damjan – AGA Australia
Nathan has learnt valuable skills, including how to work effectively as a team and prioritising safety within his workplace. He has invested time to learn the Work Health and Safety legislation and how that, along with other skills such as First Aid, can be applied to his role. Read more.
2019 – Nicholas Wu – AGA Apprenticeships Plus
Since commencing his traineeship, Nicholas has been an asset to the team. One outstanding quality that has been noticed from Nicholas is his initiative. Nicholas approached his supervisor with an idea he wanted to run called “Why Safety Matters”. He wanted to create a wall where all workers could bring photos in on “Why Safety Matters” and why they go home everyday. Read more.
2018 – Brody Murphy – Gforce Employment Solutions
In a very short time, Brody has changed the attitudes of many of his peers by setting and leading an excellent safety culture. He has taken the initiative to create his own personal safety bag and ensures each morning that his PPE safety bag is ready to go. Brody has accepted the responsibility of Werribee Park’s OHS Representative and is constantly checking that all staff and contractors on site are adhering to safety policies and procedures. Brody is not afraid to call out unsafe behaviour if required and ensures Werribee Parks work-centre health and well-being notice board is regularly checked and kept up to date. Read more.
2017 – Paris Penteli – Ai Group
In his role as an electrical apprentice with Bitzer Australia, Paris is extremely proactive and has an extremely high regard for maintaining a high level of safety within the factory as well as the ongoing wellbeing of his colleagues in the workplace. Read more.
2014 – Carolyn Joynson – MEGT (Australia) Ltd
Carolyn has been researching OH&S regulations – including the storage and handling of dangerous chemicals, cataloguing hundreds of chemicals in the warehouse and developing a materials safety data sheet for each chemical used on site.
2013 – Paul McBean – Skilled Group
Paul is a big team player and continually impresses others by the way he contributes his OHS knowledge to the team in monthly team briefs.
2013 – Brandon Thomas – Gforce Employment Solutions
Brandon’s drive and commitment has been a positive influence on his workplace due to the relationships he has developed with his colleagues and supervisors.