MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday 11 July, 2019
The Electrical Trades Union is proud to announce the Apprentice of the Year for 2019 has been awarded to Jack Todaro of Victoria.
Jack, a 24-year-old 4th year apprentice electrician from Melbourne, was announced as Apprentice of the Year 2019 at the ETU’s 100 Years of Power conference dinner on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night.
ETU National Secretary Allen Hicks said Jack was an incredibly bright and capable apprentice who embodies everything the ETU stands for: social justice, equality and fighting to improve workers’ rights.
“Our judges were blown away by the candidates for Apprentice of the Year and I’m proud to be the national secretary of a union with so many bright young sparkies,” he said.
“Jack stood out as the winner because he is a dedicated apprentice who is committed to his trade, committed to his union and the ETU is proud to reward him for his hard work fighting the good fight every day.
“It’s a great honour to recognise Jack as our top apprentice and I applaud his fellow finalists in this centennial year of the ETU because it shows our union has strong future.”
National Apprentice Officer Mark Burgess said there was a large number of outstanding candidates in the running for Apprentice of the Year and commended them all for their commitment, drive and passion for the electrical industry and the ETU.
“We had an incredible number of apprentices apply for the award this year and it was hard to find just one stand-out winner among so many stand-out candidates,” he said.
“Every one of our apprentice finalists showed the spirit of union and social justice is strong and we have a bright and long future ahead of us.”
ETU Victoria Secretary Troy Gray said the state branch was full of pride that the Apprentice of the Year for 2019 was one of their own.
“Jack is hard working apprentice and dedicated to the ETU and his fellow unionists. He sets a great example for his peers young and old,” he said.
“I know our whole branch is filled with pride to see Jack recognised for all his dedication and he sets an example for all to follow.”
Jack, who started his apprenticeship on railway construction, said it was a great honour to be awarded Apprentice of the Year and commended the ETU for its dedication to training and educating its apprentice members.
“I really wasn’t expecting this. It shows what a great union the ETU is for apprentices to give us such a key role,” he said.
“We’ve had some big fights over the years and we need to keep fighting, keep pushing forward. Dare to struggle, dare to win, it hasn’t changed.
“We need to raise the bar and keep raising the bar to make the ETU the strongest it can be so we can build a better society of all Australians.”
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