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As a second generation boiler-maker, Scott Clarke has a personal commitment to strive for greatness after being announced as the Apprentice of the Year at the 2017 NSW Training Awards for the Illawarra region on Friday evening.
A TAFE NSW graduate and Albion Park resident, Scott said that the Award has come full circle.
“Dad was a finalist for Boilermaker of the Year in his day. I feel like I have to push for something more challenging now. Mediocre isn’t okay anymore,” Mr Clarke said.
“I was lost for words when I heard my name and Dad was over the moon. I think he had a bigger smile than me. It’s definitely the biggest achievement in my career so far,” he said.
Mr Clarke started his apprenticeship in 2013 with HVTC and employer, Broadspectrum Project Services (formally Transfield).
After completing the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication at TAFE NSW Wollongong, he went on to study the Certificate IV in Engineering. He is now continuing his study journey with a Diploma of Project Management through OTEN.
“TAFE is definitely something that I look forward to and as you can see, I’ve never left. The training is industry relevant, by teachers who have been involved in engineering and who are still associated with the industry. For me, TAFE is a lot more manageable than uni study. Each course I do builds on the last one. I learn something new about the industry all the time,” he said.