6 March 2015

VACC apprentice motor mechanic Ruben Weatherill (pictured) was awarded the Trainee of the Year at the Kangan Institute graduation and awards ceremony on Wednesday evening 25 February 2015. 

Currently a first year apprentice motor mechanic, Ruben won the award for his outstanding performance whilst undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship. Working at Weltmeister a Porsche specialist in Richmond, Ruben said, “I was stoked to say the least. Winning the award was a great device of recognition for the work I have put into my apprenticeship so far. It also provides me with further motivation for the future.”

School Based Apprenticeship Field Manager, Chris Whyte who attended the awards ceremony at the Moonee Valley Racing Club said, “It was a pleasure to supervise Ruben. He is an outstanding young man who has a vast knowledge about the technical side of the automotive trade. He was with us for two years, studying VCE at Princess Hill Secondary College whilst undertaking his School Based Apprenticeship. He completed his School Based Apprenticeship in November 2014 and is now undertaking a full time Certificate III apprenticeship.” 

Being involved in historic motorsport as a young teenager helped develop Rubens love of the automotive industry. European vehicles and motorsport has always been his particular interest and he has been lucky to now work and experience both these fields. 

“Ruben has a tremendous amount of talent for the trade and wants to achieve so much in the automotive industry,” said VACC Auto Apprenticeships Field Manager, Steve Tye Din. “He is such a motivated apprentice and I was glad to hear the news that he had won such a fine award – I believe he really deserves this accolade.”