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Chhunly TaingChhunly Taing - Winner

RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction

Chhunly Taing is among the next generation of construction professionals equipped with the right skills to support Victoria’s Big Build.

From cleaner to civil construction apprentice, Chhunly says Holmesglen has given her a tool belt of new skills and confidence for her new trades career, which she describes as “future proof.”

She is now a respected employee at Cross Yarra Partnership, where she helps delegate jobs from the foreman and superintendent.

I have so much fun at work,” Chhunly says.
Chhunly would like to progress to a career as a foreperson and looks forward to being an advocate for women in trades.

George Kline Apprentice of the Year Award

Watch the video and hear from our finalists.

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James Armes
James Armes - Finalist

UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

James Armes’s dedication to his electrical apprenticeship was so impressive, his teachers say his assessment results were some of the highest they have seen from a student.

After a successful career working in events and lighting, including at Melbourne’s White Night, James chose an electrical apprenticeship.

“With my prior electrical experience within the events industry, I chose a Holmesglen course to better my opportunities and further my career,” he says.

Now displaying a new suite of skills, James works for a local electrical company that specialises in switchboards, where he enjoys taking on a leadership role.

Outside of his electrical career, James volunteers for renowned major scout event the Jamboree.

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Mitchell Wooffindin
Mitchell Wooffindin - Finalist

CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

From marketing and finance to biomedical science and then painting and decorating, Mitchell Wooffindin's commitment to learning is undeniable.

Mitch chose a painting and decorating apprenticeship at Holmesglen to step away from an office environment and learn practical skills that would lead to an exciting new career.

He now applies these skills as a member of Zig-Zag Painters.

“I want people to know you can do well in the trades, if you apply yourself,” he says.
Mitch now aims to travel to France and Italy and work on Renaissance buildings.

Outside of his trade, Mitch is a member of the Victorian Football League’s Port Melbourne Football Club.

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