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Three young TasTAFE Metals apprentices have won $500 scholarships to help them pursue their passion for the industry.

Metal Industries Association of Tasmania past president, Bob Gozzi , recently presented Jack Woodward, Ryan Tatnell and Roydon Featherstone with RH Purden and NP Saunders – Metal Industry Tasmania Scholarships.

The scholarships honour 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. They recognise TasTAFE apprentices studying Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade and Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade.

Judbury’s Jack Woodward works at Hazell Bros and is in the second year of his Certificate III in Metal Fabrication qualification at TasTAFE.

He undertook a certificate II in Metals straight out of grade 10 and knew it was something he wanted to make a career out of.

“I really enjoyed that and wanted to continue on that way. I got some work experience – took my resume into a fair few places and got offered an apprenticeship at Hazell Bros. It’s a very good place to work. They look after you well there and not many places have that variety of work that we get there,” Jack said.

“I have been lucky enough to have help from several good mentors in my workplace, as well as training staff at TasTAFE who have made it easy to learn. I look forward to learning new skills all the time and appreciate all the knowledge that has been given to me along the way.”

He said he was excited to receive the scholarship.

“I thought I might as well have a crack at it and now I’m always going to have that there next to my name. It’s something to put on my resume – it’s massive really,” Jack said.

Parattah’s Ryan Tatnell grew up working on a farm and has always liked hands-on work. He says his career goal is to become a qualified fitter and turner and one day open his own business in the midlands.

Ryan works at Dynamic Welding and Engineering in Moonah and travels an hour and 20 minutes each day to work and to undertake his Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade at TasTAFE.

“I am determined to be the best and get the best out of everything I do. I’ll always but 100 per cent into everything I do,” Ryan said.

New Norfolk’s Roydon Featherstone is an apprentice with Taylor Bros in Derwent Park and is undertaking a Certificate III in Metal Fabrication.

He says a highlight in his role so far was the opportunity to work on the Antarctic icebreaker ship, Aurora Australis when it was docked in Hobart.

“Having only touched a welder for the first time six months ago, I feel I have come a long way since beginning my apprenticeship. I have almost finished my first year of criteria at TasTAFE and hope to finish my apprenticeship as soon as I can to become a qualified tradesman.

“This scholarship will help greatly in buying new tools to use at home and at work.  It’s also and a great opportunity to better myself and my overall work quality which will allow me to undertake more challenging and exciting projects,” Roydon said.

TasTAFE will be holding Apprenticeship Expos in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart in October for anyone interested in finding out more about apprenticeships.




Metals scholarships support TasTAFE apprentices to pursue their training and career goals