At the annual Volvo Australia apprentice school graduation and awards ceremony, VACC apprentice motor mechanic Anthony Casaretto (pictured) was awarded the First Year Technical Apprentice of the Year 2015.

The ceremony was conducted in The Lake Room at Waterview Bicentennial Park in Sydney on Thursday evening 29 October 2015.

Currently working as a first year apprentice motor mechanic at Melbourne City Volvo in Port Melbourne, Anthony said, “I was pretty happy about hearing the news. The award was being decided between four apprentices in my class at Volvo school. When our school training instructor contacted me to let me know I had won - I was quite excited.”

Anthony admits that he knew very little about Volvo before he started his apprenticeship at Melbourne City Volvo but has grown to appreciate the brand and its values and the workshop service process that they use.

“Working in the automotive trade in general is good as you quickly learn and develop new skills and it is a stable industry that can really set you up for a good future,” he added.

VACC Auto Apprenticeships Field Manager, Steve Tye Din said, “Anthony is progressing very well in his apprenticeship so far. He is a studious person and his school reports from his teacher have always been of a very high standard. I was proud of him when I heard the news that he won this award as it will give him a lot more confidence in his abilities and provide an impetus for him to progress even further in his chosen career path.”

Anthony’s winning prize consisted of a glass trophy, a framed certificate, a remote control Volvo S60 touring car, a Volvo canvas lunch bag and a Castrol Edge merchandise keyring, cap and stubby holder.