Local apprentice wins state award

COFFS Harbour lays claim to one of the best young mechanics in the State.

Tyson Egan, of Skinner Motors, has taken out the Group Training Association of NSW’s Apprentice Mechanic of the Year award.

“I’m pretty happy with the recognition. Really I am just grateful to have been given the opportunity to become a mechanic and never expected this type of recognition,” Tyson said.

“I’ve got a lot to thank Skinner Motors, my host employers, for and I hope to repay that by being part of the team for some time,” he said.

Employed by Novaskill and trained by Coffs Harbour Toyota, Tyson is just three months away from becoming a qualified mechanic.

Over the course of his apprenticeship, he has specialised in Mercedes Benz while getting a solid grounding in servicing and repairs on Hyundais and Toyotas.

Tyson was judged the best in his field, based on training assessments and workshop productivity.

“A good mechanic gets things done quickly and thoroughly, that’s my aim in the workshop.”

Tyson is set to receive his award in Sydney next Friday.

He will also go into the running for the Group Training NSW Apprentice of the Year.

“In addition, Coffs Harbour Toyota also reached the finals the NSW Group Training Awards in the Large Host Employer category which recognizes employers who are outstanding in their support of apprentices,” Al Wallace of Novaskill said.

NSW Minister for Education Verity Firth said the awards acknowledge the support given to apprentices by host employers, their families and the training providers.

“Group training organisations make a substantial contribution to the continued employment of apprentices and trainees in NSW particularly in a very difficult employment market,” she said.

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