5 June 2017

The 2016 VCAL Achievement Awards ceremony that was held at Deakin Edge at Federation Square on Friday 26 May 2017 has recognised VACC apprentice Brandon Mubaira as an award winner.

Brandon won the VCAL award for Excellence in the category of: Student – Senior Team Achievement.

This award was for the senior year 12 VCAL class who made hand crafted toys for the Mount Evelyn toy library.

The purpose of the project was to make toys for less fortunate children. In Brandon’s group they made a child’s doll house out of treated pine timber and MDF boards. They had to create draft drawing plans of the doll house, budget costs of materials, any special tools needed and meet timelines to build and present the finished doll house.

Brandon was a VCAL student of Mount Lilydale Mercy College in Year 11 and 12. Whilst at school he successfully completed a School Based Apprenticeship in Automotive and then articulated into a full-time Certificate III automotive light vehicle apprenticeship.

Currently a second-year apprentice motor mechanic working at Silverstone Volvo in Doncaster, Brandon said, “When I knew I won this award I felt like I had really achieved something great that wasn't just for me to feel great about. It was a project that is going to benefit the upcoming generations and help them build their self-learning skills through this doll house toy.”

VACC Apprenticeships Field Manager, Steve Tye Din added, “Brandon is a tremendous apprentice to have employed. He has an incredible amount of talent for the automotive industry and I can see him being successful at such an early stage of his apprenticeship. It didn’t surprise me to find out that he won such a fine award for the project he performed, as he is a capable, honest and a very decent young man.”