New Acland trains our future

1 July 2012

New Acland’s apprentices have taken out top honours in this year’s regional awards. Mitchell Lucht and Marvin Hobelt continued the winning ways of many former New Acland apprentices, being recognised for their exceptional performance.

New Hope apprentices have now won nine awards and been finalists 31 times in local, regional and state apprentice and trainee awards in just the last three years.

Mitchell, a fourth stage apprentice, was recently voted the ‘Most Improved Metal Fabrication Apprentice’ by the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE.

Marvin was named ‘School-based Engineering/Automotive Apprentice of the Year’ by Downs Group Training (DGT) at their recent awards in Toowoomba.

Mitchell was also a finalist at the Downs Group Training awards for ‘Fourth Stage Apprentice of the Year’ and also started at Acland as a school-based apprentice.

“I was pretty proud and honoured to win the award – all the hard work has paid off,” Mitchell said.

“It’s really good to win this because it also reflects on the mine itself, especially the systems they have put in place to help apprentices.”

Marvin only started with New Acland in January this year and is relishing in the sense of achievement.

“I really enjoy the feeling of going home after being on shift and feeling like I have accomplished something,” he said.

“I’m learning heaps and the best part is working on the big excavators – they are really cool!”

Other New Acland finalists at the Downs Group Training awards were: Callum Apelt for Second Stage Apprentice of the Year; Ryan Stevenson for Fourth Stage Apprentice of the Year; and Cameron Saal for Fourth Stage Apprentice of the Year.