WA Training Awards: Fremantle trio in line for top awards


Alex Baldock is in line for the WA Trainee of the Year. Picture: Jon Hewson d472146
Alex Baldock is in line for the WA Trainee of the Year. Picture: Jon Hewson d472146

THREE locals have been named among the best apprentices, trainees, students and trainers in the state.

Alex Baldock, Esfandiar Shahmir and Rui Scheidt Feix were named among 30 finalists in the 2017 WA Training Awards, which recognises talent and effort within the state’s training sector.

Mr Baldock, who is up for the WA Trainee of the Year, said he was working towards becoming a registered builder and having his own building company.

“My job role at the moment is an estimator and scheduler but I am also learning everything else that goes into running a business such as preparing contracts, council approvals, invoices and feasibility studies on potential investment projects,” he said.

“(Being a finalist) feels as though I am on the right path, a reflection of my accomplishments to date and it feels good considering I didn’t put myself up for this award.”

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award finalist Esfandiar Shahmir said he finished his course in December and was now working with special needs children as an education assistant (EA), something he enjoyed doing every single day.

“My passion, interest, curiosity and love towards this work made me work hard in my school and always looking forwarding to learning something new to be able to become a better EA for students,” he said.

“I never forget all those tough moments when there were some people there to help me no matter what and I would have never been able to go all this way by myself.

“Being a finalist reminds me of all those people and so I have more responsibility to other people who needs me, no matter what.”

Winners are announced on September 15.

Local Finalists
Alex Baldock: North Coogee (WA Trainee of the Year)
Rui Scheidt Feix: Coogee (WA International Student of the Year)
Esfandiar Shahmir: O’Connor (WA Cultural Diversity Training Award)

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