Darcy & Matthew recognised as outstanding apprentices!

South East Secondary School Training Awards

Darcy Wilson and Matthew McCullum from The Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre were recognised at the South East Secondary Schools Training Awards held in Mount Gambier on Wednesday 17th May 2017, for the Limestone Coast region.

Matthew McCullum works at Sir Loin Butchers and was a finalist in the School Based Apprentice of the Year award; Darcy Wilson was the winner of two awards. He won the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander School based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year award, as well as the overall School Based Apprentice of the Year Award.

Darcy shares his experience…

The training

Darcy is enrolled in a Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology (Heavy Diesel) which he started this year while finishing his Year 11 and 12 studies at the Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre. He does his training through Vtech Automotive Training at Tatiara Trucks and Trailers in Bordertown and his employer is Wickham Flower Pty. Ltd., based in Naracoorte.

So far at Trade School he has completed units in Test, Charge and Repair Batteries; Test and Repair Basic Electrical Circuits; Carry out Servicing Operations; and Inspect and Service Engines, easily gaining competencies in the skills required for each of these units, with theory and practical test results in the high 80-90%.
Mechanics are in the top 5 occupations within the group of Technicians and Trades Workers. This large industry is expected to grow by approximately 5% over the next 5 years. Heavy diesel mechanics deal with everything from oil changes to complete rebuilds and using diagnostic computer software to identify problems. The majority of all motor mechanics are qualified in a Certificate III and this industry has a very large workforce of over 100,000 participants. This reassures Darcy that he will have many opportunities in many different areas for my working life.

The award also recognised Darcy’s application to his schooling and extra-curricular activities. Through hard work and commitment, Darcy had completed a number of extra-curricular and educational activities by the end of Year 10, which meant he only had to complete 40 Year 11 credits to complete his SACE Stage 1. With the completion of his Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology, he will only have to complete the Research Project to complete Stage 2 and gain his SACE.

Darcy explains,

“For me this is a win/win situation as I can gain a trade qualification and finish my schooling at the same time. By doing my schooling at the ILC I can take advantage of their flexible timetable and work at my own pace and around my work commitments. I’m currently on track to finishing my outstanding 40 credits of Year 11 by the end of this semester, and then I can work more days with my apprenticeship while just completing my Research Project at the ILC.”

Darcy’s life outside of work:

As well as school and employment, Darcy has also completed his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards whilst in middle school at Naracoorte High School Main Campus. He is in his third year of Cadets with the Naracoorte CFS. He has represented Region 5 CFS Cadets at the ANZAC Eve Night Vigil in 2015 at the Adelaide War Memorial, and was also invited to apply to represent the SA CFS Cadets in the Australian Fire Cadet Championships in NSW in 2015. Only 12 Cadets from the state were successful in making the team and he was very fortunate to be one of them. Darcy was elected Cadet Lieutenant in 2015 and then progressed to Captain during this year when the Captain stepped down. He has continued to be Captain of the Cadet squad throughout 2016 and 2017.

Darcy’s application to his schooling, employment and Trade School application, and Community work were recognised through his outstanding achievements in these awards.

Well done Darcy and Matthew!