Scoring a Silver medal at the 2016 National WorldSkills Australia competition was just the beginning for two talented young tradespeople named winners of the prestigious BBM Youth Mentoring Scholarship.
Lake Macquarie’s Cejay Alsop, and the Central Coast’s Matthew Hurley, and are among 16 elite young tradespeople selected to take part in the BBM Youth Support for Skilled Futures Scholarship.
After both winning Silver medals at the National WorldSkills competition in Melbourne last October both men will have the opportunity to further their training and professional development through work experience in the UK.
21-year-old Cejay is employed by DMF Constructions in Lake Macquarie and completed his trade level qualification and apprenticeship in early 2016. He has achieved both a Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Light Fabrication) and a Certificate IV in Engineering (Fabrication) through TAFE NSW and is currently working toward gaining advanced level trade certifications to further develop his skills.
Cejay is now eagerly researching potential construction companies in the UK, with sights set on a placement with a company using advanced manufacturing technologies such as CNC Robotic Welding Technology.
“When putting together my application for the scholarship the main thing I wanted to achieve if I was successful was to learn about as many different techniques and technologies being used in my industry. So I’m hoping to secure a placement with a company that is really leading in its field so I can really develop my skills and knowledge to become a better tradesman,” said Mr Alsop.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall MP said Cejay and Matthew are two shining examples of the quality, hardworking and determined students who have graduated from TAFE NSW.
“Cejay and Matthew have achieve so much in their careers. They have not only represented the Hunter and Central Coast at WorldSkills and earned Silver medals, but they are now being rewarded for their commitment to education and skills training at TAFE and will now become even better young tradespeople thanks to the opportunities the BBM Youth Mentoring Scholarship will afford them,” said Adam Marshall MP.
The $8,000 scholarship program is designed to enhance the participants’ career prospects and provide them with invaluable international experience in their respective trades and skills. Typically, awardees spend a minimum of a month in the UK but more often than not stay longer to build their international networks or undertake field trips to other parts of Europe to further their knowledge.
The BBM Youth Support Award for Skilled Futures is recognised as a valuable and prestigious award which acknowledges and rewards excellence in skills. BBM Youth Support became a prominent international pathway for WorldSkills Australia in 2000, when the two organisations first partnered to select and grant young and talented competitors with scholarships to travel to the United Kingdom to participate in a two-week leadership development course.
The Scholarships helps to enhance the career prospects of WorldSkills Australia competitors through a development program offered by Mission Performance. The recipients are also encouraged to seek work placement and take advantage of their overseas experience.