Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by ISAC NT

Winner: Nathan Powell, Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Employer: Power and Water
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University

Nathan Powell is proof that dreams can come true at any age. Nathan began his electrotechnology apprenticeship as a mature age apprentice after a career in the police force so he could spend more time with his young family.

Nathan excelled in his apprenticeship receiving eight exam results of 100% at trade school. He was a finalist in the Master Builders NT Excellence in Building and Construction Apprentice Awards and has received awards from GTNT for his outstanding workmanship and work ethic.

Since tinkering with electronic kits and gadgets as a child, Nathan recently fulfilled another dream when he rebuilt and automated his yacht’s entire electrical system.

Runner-up: Joshua Molina, Certificate III in Arboriculture

Employer: Arafura Tree Services and Consulting Pty Ltd
Registered training provider: ArbTrack Australia

Since becoming the youngest arborist qualified in the Northern Territory (NT), Joshua Molina’s career has continued to scale new heights.

With an interest in conservation, it was while watching tree crews remove enormous trees from his house as a teenager that his passion for arboriculture was ignited. Signing up for work experience with Arafura Trees as a high school student, Josh quickly earnt the respect and eventually an apprenticeship with his employer.

Josh completed a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management at Arafura Trees and has since gone on to complete a Certificate III in Arboriculture.

Josh, who mentors disadvantaged children through Filipino martial arts, is now qualified to lead crews at the age of 19 and has plans to undertake a Diploma of Arboriculture.

Last updated: 24 June 2019

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