The 17-year-old electro technology apprentice from Nedlands said it was a good feeling to win and accepting his certificate in front of about 700 people was surreal.
‘My feeling going in was the certificates were already printed prior so no matter what I did on the night it wouldn’t change anything,’ he said.
Henry pursued his interest in electro technology after completing a pre-apprenticeship at Polytechnic West in Year 11 and is currently an apprentice at Fosters Service, which primarily services hospitals in the Perth metropolitan area.
‘I never really wanted to do the TEE subjects but I do plan on going to uni after I’ve completed my apprenticeship to study electrical engineering,’ Henry said.
‘At the moment, I thought I’d get a practical understanding of what I’m doing before I start the high-level maths.’
Henry said the best thing about his apprenticeship was his supportive boss Alex Foster who he said has given him plenty of opportunities to prove himself.
As part of the award, Henry received $7000, which he said would spend on his tools and Tafe fees.