A third-year fitting and turning apprentice, twenty-four-year-old Jack is a passionate tradesman.
"Becoming a fitter and turner has been something I’ve been interested in since high school," Jack said.
"I have been very lucky to gain an apprenticeship with Mount Isa Mines and I really enjoy learning different skill sets each day in my current role."
Jack’s pathway to an apprenticeship in the resources industry began when he came on board with Mount Isa Mines as a contractor. From there he was offered a permanent role and later secured a place as an adult apprentice.
Human Resources Acting Group Manager Fiona Pascoe said Jack is a valued member of the Shafts and Hoisting team who is a thoughtful and motivated employee, always bringing a positive attitude to the team.
"Jack’s recognition at the awards was very well deserved. He is developing into a competent and capable tradesperson with a very promising career ahead of him," Ms Pascoe said.
"He can be relied upon to go above and beyond to complete required tasks and he doesn’t hesitate to put in extra time and effort when deadlines are tight."
"Jack has a natural ability to lead and he sets a high standard for his work colleagues and any new up-and-coming apprentices."
"Once qualified, he possesses the ability to quickly progress within his chosen field and become a leader in the resources industry," she said.
Jack is studying a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (MEM30205) and a Certificate IV in Engineering (MEM40105) at the Mount Isa campus.
"I have always been very excited to complete my study blocks at TAFE Queensland because I enjoy interacting with and learning from other apprentices and teachers."
"When I started my training I didn't realise that my trade would also allow me to make a lot of lifelong friends," he said.
Jack's success both in the workplace and on campus earned him two 2020 Mount Isa Trade Excellence Awards, named Engineering Apprentice of the Year and Outstanding Apprentice of the Year.
"It was a huge honour for me to receive both awards. I feel like I've 100 per cent made the right decision with my career," he said.
Jack is nearing the end of his apprenticeship training and he has his sights firmly set on what's next.
"There are many career pathways once my apprenticeship is complete. In the future, I would like to undertake more training to learn about the hydraulic side of my trade."
"I look forward to becoming a qualified tradesman and I hope to continue developing my skills and mentoring new apprentices with Mount Isa Mines."