Shaun Damrow of Toowoomba QLD has been named Apprentice of the Year for 2013 by Snap-on Tools Australia

Apprentice of the Year awarded for 2013 by Snap-on Tools Australia- Only two out of a possible four prizes awarded – awards only going to highest achievers

Auto Mechanic Shaun Damrow, 24, of Toowoomba QLD and Forklift Mechanic Caroline Diaz, 29, of Burwood NSW have taken out the two top prizes in the Snap-on Tools Australia Apprentice of the Year Award.

Shaun has been named this year’s Snap-on Apprentice of the Year taking home over $12,000 worth of prizes. “It’s unreal to be considered against tougher competition than in the past and to be recognised by a judging panel that are legends in the industry…it’s an incredible feeling.” Shaun said.

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Caroline has been named this year’s Rising Star and takes home over $2,300 worth of prizes. Caroline plans to stay in the mechanical industry and said “There are many paths I can undergo once I’ve finished my apprenticeship, I’ve also been told I’d make an excellent supervisor in my industry.”

Shaun’s dedication to skill development and application of technology, electrical and diagnostic analysis techniques stood out to judges, as well as his commitment to the future of the industry and his involvement within his local community.

Top panel judges including V8 Supercar Legend Todd Kelly, Motor Traders’ Association of NSW Senior Manager Matthew Frame, Auto Skills Australia Training Package Specialist Stuart Behrend and Snap-on Tools Business Manager and auto engineer Alan Moon were charged with the hard task of selecting the winners. Stuart Behrend said “What really impressed me was the knowledge of diagnostics and technology that entrants showed in their ability to understand and diagnose complex electronic systems in current vehicles.” it’s all about the future of the industry and acknowledging the shift from workshop to keyboard.

Now in its fifth year the Snap-on Tools prestigious annual awards program Apprentice of the Year received over 100 entries from apprentices across heavy vehicle, marine, aviation and automotive trades.

“There is a strong, competitive environment within the trades industry and the Snap-on Tools Apprentice of the Year competition is all about supporting and rewarding the best and brightest out there.” said Snap-on Tools Australia National Sales Manager, Steve Jones.

“This year’s competition objective was to lift the overall standard of the industry awards and take our Apprentice awards to the next level. It was a surprise upset that we didn’t get a great deal of entries for the Community Contribution or the Contribution to Armed Forces categories and so we are looking forward to receiving high quality entries next year.” Steve said.

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