JOONDALUP resident and Polytechnic West student Sam Hyder (20) has been named among the top students at the recent Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Awards.
The awards are presented to students who have achieved high standards in airconditioning and refrigeration training.
Mr Hyder took out the best performance in the second year of apprentice studies, which he said was a “surprise”.
“I didn’t expect it at all,” he said.
“I’m doing more in-depth training at work now.
“It’s a lot better, I’m enjoying that.
“This is my last semester at Tafe and then I’m just on the job for a year-and-a-half.”
He applied for a job with Landsdale’s Specialized Engineering while moving over to WA from Sydney.
“I applied for the job when we were just about to go through the Nullarbor, so we drove all the way over,” Mr Hyder said.
“It was the first job I applied for and I got a phone call when we finally got here asking me to come in for an interview.
“I started working at the company and later on down the line they asked if I wanted to do an apprenticeship.
“It’s great. It’s different.
“I’ll possibly end up doing a dual trade so I’ll do an electrical apprenticeship as well or I think my employer plans on me learning the more technical side of the job and stuff.”
Polytechnic West applied engineering executive director Jonathon Maile said the winning students were to be commended for their hard work, outstanding performance and top class skills.
“Polytechnic West is the premier provider of refrigeration and airconditioning training in WA and as such, when we have an award evening such as this, we join with the industry in celebrating the students’ achievements,” he said.
“The evening recognises both apprentices and post-trade students who have excelled in their field, highlighting the training pathways that exist for the industry.”