Rockhampton local named top rookie

ROCKHAMPTON’S Andrew Duncan from South Walker Creek mine in central Queensland has been named Thiess apprentice Rookie of the Year.

Duncan, who started his Engineering — Mechanical Trade apprenticeship with Thiess earlier this year took home $1000 in travel vouchers as part of the Thiess Plant Apprentice of the Year Award.

Described as one of the best first year apprentices ever by his supervisor, Duncan showed strong commitment to safety and environmental issues during his daily work and displayed abilities that exceed someone for his age.

Thiess Group Plant Manager Bruce Kenny who announced the award said Duncan not only excelled on the work site but also received top marks in his course work.

“Andrew has received 100 per cent in one college block, an amazing achievement for anyone,” Kenny said Thiess Group Plant Manager Bruce Kenny said the Thiess Plant Apprentice of the Year Awards helps motivate employees to perform at high levels and this increases workshop productivity.

“Thiess invests a significant amount in the future of the business by supporting training at all levels and our apprenticeship program is a good example of this,” Kenny said.

“The awards are an important part of recognition and they encourage our apprentices to embrace career opportunities within Thiess.”

The awards are in their second year and acknowledge the great work done by Thiess apprentices. They also promote safety and recognise outstanding achievements and contributions to the business and assist in attracting and retaining new apprentices by recognising talent and dedication.

Runner up, Chris Bunt from Liddell Open Cut Project in NSW was awarded $300 worth of travel vouchers.

Sarah Kulman

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