SHELL Rimula has named its Apprentice of the Year.
Bradley Williams of Winslow Constructors has taken out the inaugural award, which is part of a newly formed partnership between Viva Energy and the Kangan Institute, which is out to help train the next generation of Australian automotive and heavy duty diesel technicians.
Bradley was selected by the judges as the student who best role modelled the key attributes of attitude, attendance, performance and aptitude throughout his apprenticeship.
In recognition of his efforts Bradley received a $500 Shell Coles Express gift card and will also have the unique experience of spending a weekend with the Shell V-Power Racing Team at the Sandown 500 in September.
"I'm stoked to have won this award and to be able to share a weekend in the garage with the Shell V-Power Racing Team," Bradley said.
"The training provided by Kangan has provided me with the skills to add real value in the workshop."
The young apprentice said it was also helpful to learn directly from the industry leaders.
"I would also like to thank Winslow for believing in me and for all their support through my apprenticeship," he said.
"The experience I've had over the last couple of years means I can really hit the ground running."
Transport Lubricants Sales Manager at Viva Energy Rob Cavicchiolo presented the award.
"It's a great honour to present this award to someone who has excelled at their apprenticeship and has demonstrated such a remarkable ability to seize every opportunity," he said.
"It's also very pleasing to see that our partnership with Kangan is making a real difference in supporting the next generation of mechanics by providing them with the right tools and the most up to date development in lubricant technology."
Winslow Employee Relations Manager Brigit said the team was especially proud of Bradley's achievement.
"He is a great worker and is a real role model for us."