Nicholas McLennan from AGL Macquarie has been named the NSW Hunter Region apprentice of the year for 2016.
The award was presented at the annual Hunter Region Apprenticeship and Traineeship Awards (HRATA) Gala Presentation Evening, held Friday 17 June in Newcastle.
Nicholas, who is now an Electrical Engineering Technician based at Liddell power station, proudly accepted his award to cheers from family, friends and AGL Macquarie colleagues.
In his acceptance speech Nicholas thanked HRATA and AGL Macquarie for the opportunity to complete a high quality apprenticeship.
He also acknowledged he is lucky to work with great people, in a great business, and said he now has his dream job.
Michelle Douglass, Lead P&C Business Partner at AGL Macquarie, said Nicholas was one of 13 finalists across the full range of apprenticeship disciplines.
“It was a high quality field of talented young people, so Nicholas’s win was a great achievement,” Michelle said.
“We were also very pleased to celebrate with Erik Sattler, one of our recent metal fabrication apprentices, who was presented with the 2016 Phil Darby Memorial Award.
“This award was established in memory of Phil Darby who was Director of Apprenticeships NSW, and recognises the challenges and achievements of young people in their vocational training.
“Both Erik and Nick are inspirational role models and represented AGL with enthusiasm, maturity and professionalism.
“The awards evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, and it was fantastic for our successful apprenticeship program to again be recognised,” Michelle said.
AGL Macquarie has a strong history of success at the HRATA awards, most recently winning 2012 Apprentice of the Year.
Nicholas and Erik will now attend the State Training Awards in September.