Local apprentice Kurt Goss has been recognised for his outstanding work in engineering fabrication.
The award was presented by his apprenticeship company Adelaide Training and Employment Centre, for his excellence in engineering fabrication.
The fourth year boilermaker apprentice is employed at the Port Lincoln Slipway, and works in plate fabrication and on hull repairs, engine rooms, and crow’s nests.
He said initially he was not even aware he had been nominated by his ATEC supervisor Alan Lohmeyer.
“I didn’t even know I was up for the award, but it turns out I had been sent a letter and I didn’t check my post box in time,” he said.
Mr Goss found out about his nomination just in time to accept the winning title in Adelaide on November 29.
His manager at the local slipway Tim Boast said they were very proud of him winning the award.
“Kurt is always reliable and does quality work of a high class, and has a good work output,” he said.
Mr Boast said Mr Goss had come a long way since beginning his apprenticeship at the slipway.
“It demonstrates that talent can come out of rural areas and small business,” he said.
Mr Goss hopes to soon be signed off on his apprenticeship, and said that working at the slipway was “awesome”.
“I’d just like to thank the slipway for giving me a job and a chance, and a big thank you to ATEC for giving me the opportunity and the training,” he said.
“And for the boys in Shed five, they make my job easier so this award is as much theirs as it is mine.”