Twenty-five-year-old mechanic Jeremy Drabsch was awarded the 2019 Overall Outstanding Apprentice of the Year at the TAFE Queensland Apprentice Awards Evening on the Gold Coast. 

Attracting over 700 attendees, the event is the largest apprentice celebration on the Gold Coast.

Jeremy said he was honoured to be recognised and thanked his employer Titan Automotive and his TAFE Queensland teachers.

“It's feels amazing to be awarded the Overall Apprentice of the Year, I was very surprised and honestly didn't expect it," said Jeremy.

"I feel extremely appreciative that my teachers saw something special in me and support me to become the best mechanic possible.”

Jeremy, who recently completed his Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, was nominated by his teacher Michael Murry for his trade and leadership skills.

"Jeremy always gives 100 per cent commitment to his learning as an automotive technician and he has natural ability and a deep passion for his chosen vocation,” said Michael.

“We are pleased that the future of the automotive industry will have people like Jeremy to take forward and shape its future.”

Sponsoring the award was Milwaukee who contributed to Jeremy's prize which was cash and tools valued at over $500.

Held at Mantra at Sharks in Southport, the awards night celebrated apprentices who have shown exceptional achievement within their trade area. There was a total of 49 category winners recognised as well as two major winners for overall outstanding continuing apprentice, and overall outstanding apprentice who has completed or near complete.

This year's winners were selected from more than 200 finalists across automotive, bricklaying, cabinetmaking, construction, cookery, electrotechnology, engineering, finishing trades, hairdressing and barbering, horticulture and landscape, marine craft, marine mechanics, plumbing, air-conditioning and refrigeration.

TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast Karen Dickinson says the event, now in its eight year, is a great way to celebrate the achievements of outstanding trade students.

"Our Apprentice Awards night is not only an important event to recognise the education efforts of apprentices but also for industry and employers to have a platform to build relationships with apprentices," said Karen.

"Jeremy is just one of our award winners and nominees who will go on to become future leaders in their industries, helping to build a stronger and more skilled workforce.

“My congratulations go out to each and every finalist and their teachers who have worked to achieve great outcomes for their students.”

Ms Dickinson said she was grateful that the Apprentice Awards received strong support from local industry.

“Gold Coast businesses really dug deep and have kindly donated wonderful prizes which will be going home with our deserving winners,” said Ms Dickinson.

The Apprentice Awards could not have been possible without the generous sponsorship from the following businesses: Milwaukee, Australian Industry Trade College, Australian Brick and Block Training Foundation (ABBTF), Burson, Construction and Building Unions Superannuation (CBUS), Coolphase, MEGT, MRAEL, Reece, Tradezone, BUSY At Work, Klien Tools Australia, Kirby and Totally Workwear (TWW).

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