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Awards 2021

Apprentice of the Year Finalists. Watch the video and hear from our finalists.

Lachlan-Vernal-test-(1).jpgDaniel Ware 

MSF30418 Certificate III in Glass and Glazing 

Daniel Ware’s passion and determination helped him win the Australian Glass and Window Association’s Victoria Apprentice of the Year in 2020. 

Daniel credits his success to his Holmesglen teachers and his employer, South Melbourne Glass.

He says quality control, safe work practices and general glass craft are the three main areas that have helped him become a leading trades professional. These skills have also helped him make a difference when doing emergency repairs in community housing.

With a glass and glazing certificate, “you will have a qualification that will always be in demand and a foot in the door in the construction industry,” says Daniel.  Daniel plans to guide the next generation of glaziers by starting his own business in the future.


Lachlan Vernal

MSF30713 Certificate III in Upholstery 

Lachlan Vernal says upholstery is a passion that has brought out the best in him and helped him overcome challenging life events. 

Lachlan takes enormous pride in his work and is described by his teachers as the type of student any employer would want to hire.  

He has continued to flourish despite last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns, working from home on important upholstery projects, including re-upholstering 75 chairs for a funeral home. And he completed a 100km walk to raise funds for Camp Quality’s Big Walk for Little Kids. 

Lachlan says he will remember fondly his teachers and peers for their guidance and encouragement. He is currently mentoring a young person and hopes to one day buy into the business where he currently works, Tina Upholstery. 


Jessica Hall - 2021 winner

SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

As a young woman in the hospitality industry, Jessica Hall has worked hard to break the mould and set a positive example for future female chefs.

She is a valued member of Mercer’s Restaurant, where her apprenticeship has guided her to ongoing industry praise, including the Section One Category award at the 2018 Australian TAFE Culinary Competition and third place in the highly regarded Thierry Marx Career Development Competition.

Food is Jessica’s way of creating happiness and she hopes to travel and work overseas and mentor apprentices.

“Food starts conversations and brings people together. I want to inspire future generations to keep learning,” she says. 

Jessica is soon to qualify as a chef at just 20 years. 

Awards Festival 2021

Now in its 24th year, our Awards Festival celebrates excellence in education and training.
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