Apprentices shine

Two Tatura apprentices, Gabrielle Dodd and Julian Gagliardi, received major awards at the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE award’s night. Monday, February 10.

February 19, 2014 4:55am

Aydin Uguz and Julian Gagliardi with their certificates.


‘‘This was an important night for our award recipients, their families and friends. It was also a special night for GOTAFE’s teaching staff who have played a huge part in getting the award recipients to where they are tonight,’’ CEO Paul Culpan said.

‘‘Tonight celebrates the achievements of our students in 2013.

‘‘It’s also a night where the local community gets to see behind their local GOTAFE, and gets the opportunity to proudly present its achievements and its future direction.’’

Gabrielle Dodd

Tatura hairdresser Gabrielle Dodd took out two top hairdressing awards.

Gabrielle, who works at Silk Hair Design in Hogan St, was named Outstanding Final Year Apprentice in Certificate III in Hairdressing, sponsored by AlfaParf Milano, Haircare Australia, and Sharon Blaine Art of Education. She also won the overall Hairdressing Apprentice Achievement Award.

Gabrielle said it was a big thrill to win the awards.

‘‘Very exciting actually,’’ she said.

Gabrielle has been working at Silk Hair Design for almost four years and completed her apprenticeship in June last year.

Silk owner Sarah Ryan said she was excited and happy for Gabrielle and the business.

GOTAFE commercial manager for Hair, Beauty and Retail Kate Storer said 2013 had been an extremely busy year for GOTAFE’s Beauty, Hairdressing and Retail Centre.

‘‘We’ve seen our first Diploma in Beauty Therapy graduates, after the course was introduced in 2012. Our students have showcased their skills at several events including Careers Day Out and the Shepparton News Pink Ribbon Brunch and in our salons,’’ she said.

Julian Gagliardi

Julian, whose apprenticeship is guided by his father Joe at Jag Automotive, received Outstanding Second Year Apprentice in Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle), sponsored by Repco Auto Parts.

He joins Aydin Uguz who received Best Third Year Apprentice and Best Overall Automotive and Mechanical Technology Apprentice in 2010, as ongoing success stories for the business’s apprenticeship program.

Julian has been working at Jag Automotive for three years, under the guidance of Mr Uguz, and the award has given him a great boost.

He is now looking forward to his next year of training, and is now energised to achieve further awards in his third term of apprenticeship.

Julian said it was good to win the award, and when asked if father (Joe Gagliardi) was a good boss, he replied ‘‘he’s all right’’.

‘‘He (Julian) is very knowledgeable and has his moments,’’ Mr Gagliardi said.

Mr Gagliardi said he was proud of his son’s achievements, and the achievements of other apprentices he has guided over the years.

GOTAFE commercial manager for Automotive and Engineering Brett Ambrosio said the course delivered training for light vehicle, heavy vehicle, agriculture, mobile plant, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, spray painting, panel beating, sales and administration.

‘‘In 2013 we began discussions with Seymour and Echuca schools and starting this week is our first Automotive Pre apprentice program, with apprentice training also starting from these two locations this year,’’ he said.

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