25 June 2019

The 2019 Chisholm Education Awards was recently conducted at a gala dinner event at Bunjil Place, Narre Warren on Wednesday evening the 19 June.

The awards acknowledge, recognise and celebrate outstanding students and educators from across broad and diverse courses and programs.

VACC Apprentice Matthew De Groot was the winner of the prestigious Bill Norling Award for Outstanding Automotive Apprentice. 


The award is named after the man himself. Bill was a pioneer back in the 1950s building custom designs mainly for trucks but also other vehicles. His designs created the building blocks for some engineering standards in the heavy vehicle industry and earned himself a place in the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs. 

Currently a fourth year apprentice motor mechanic working at Brighton BMW, Matthew said,

“When my name was announced as the winner of the Bill Norling Award I couldn’t believe it at first and took me a moment to realise what had happened. I was presented on stage with my award from Bill Sides (a Bill Norling inductee member of Clayton Rotary). It was a surreal experience and left me speechless. I sat down at our table after our category had finished being presented and the others just looked at me expecting to hear something from me, but I had nothing to say - except for a massive smile on my face.”  


VACC Auto Apprenticeships Field Manager, Steve Tye Din said, “Matthew is a very talented young man and has performed tremendously well throughout his apprenticeship. This is a top award that he has won and it’s like the icing on the cake just before he completes his apprenticeship. He is a great asset to Brighton BMW and is a role model for other apprentices to follow. He is a true success story and I have no doubt he will excel in whatever he chooses to do in his career path within the automotive industry.”