Major awards for Chadstone trainee

Matt Clowes
An outstanding year of work has paid dividends for Telstra Technician Matthew Clowes, who has won two major awards through his traineeship.

Matthew was presented last week with the 2010 Outstanding Trainee, Telecommunications, and the 2010 Outstanding Student of the Year – Trainee for the whole of GippsTAFE, including its Chadstone Campus and Energy Training Centre, which specialises in a range of telecommunications and energy training.

Matthew undertook the Telecommunications Digital Reception Technology course at the Chadstone Campus of GippsTAFE and excelled in the classroom as well as during field assessments with his employer, Excelior.

Matthew’s instructor Leon Thacker, said in part: “To complete the Digital Reception Technology course is an achievement in itself; to complete it so well is a credit to Matthew.

“As a student Matthew was articulate and always ready to excel.  He would always volunteer in exercises where set up was required and help others if they needed the assistance.

“During field assessments both his mentor and his team leader had nothing but praise for Matthew’s work ethic and his willingness to put in.”

GippsTAFE Chadstone Campus Manager, David Ellis praised Mathew’s efforts saying, “to be recognised as the best trainee among the telecommunications group and also the best from all fields, covering such diverse industries, speaks volumes for Matthew’s efforts.”

Mr Ellis also commented that apprenticeship numbers are up by 70% on last year, which encompasses the numerous other traineeships offered at GippsTAFE Chadstone, including electrical distribution, telecommunications, optical fibre, gas, and electrotechnology. “We are looking forward to additional increases in these figures in 2012, in line with our $22 million building redevelopment program” added Mr Ellis.

Matthew was humbled by the awards and said: “My goal when undertaking my study at GippsTAFE was to learn as much as I could about the industry that would help me in my career.

“Thanks to the great training I received at GippsTAFE I feel that I am able to make the most of the opportunities that are coming up in the telecommunications field and will be able to repay some of the faith that Excelior has put in me.  To get both these awards is something I am a bit stunned by, but thankful for the support I have received from the GippsTAFE staff and my colleagues.”

Picture caption:  Matthew Clowes is pictured receiving his award from, at left, Chadstone Campus Manager David Ellis and Arron Aziz John Gallimore from Excelior.