Two stalwarts of Tasmania’s metals industry are being recognised for their commitment to apprentice training with a new scholarship named in their honour.
The RH Purden and NP Saunders – Metal Industry Tasmania Scholarship will provide three $500 scholarships (one in each region of Tasmania) to TasTAFE apprentices studying Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade and Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade.
The inaugural scholarship honours Robert (Bob) Purden, owner of Purden Engineers Pty Ltd, who passed away in 2007, and Nick Saunders who is Chairman of Saunders and Ward Pty Ltd.
Past president of the Metal Industries Association of Tasmania, Bob Gozzi, said Mr Purden and Mr Saunders were highly respected in the industry.
“They are both respected by their peers and recognised as having made a significant contribution to the industry in Tasmania. They were long standing directors of the Metal Industries Association of Tasmania and the MIAT Board unanimously endorsed the scholarship in recognition of their contribution to the industry over many years.
“Both of them have put a lot of time and effort into looking after their employees and apprentices. Even when times were tough they always kept on their apprentices and they showed a lot of interest in and commitment to training,” Mr Gozzi said.
The scholarships are open to TasTAFE apprentices under the age of 21, in their first or second year of a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade or a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade apprenticeship. The scholarships are designed to help with the cost of their course.
The scholarships open on 5 April 2019 and close on 1 May 2019.
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