People's Choice Award

2017 people's choice winner announced

The Victorian community had the opportunity to give an apprentice a helping hand in their future career by casting their vote.

Grace Jamieson employed at Tesla, was the recipient of the 2017 People's Choice Award winning an Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro valued at over $2,500.

Grace Jamieson - Video transcript (docx - 22.7kb)

You can find more about our shortlisted apprentice finalists below. 


Grace Jamieson

Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Training Provider: Bendigo Kangan Institute
Employment: Service Technician at Tesla

While studying a Bachelor of Law/Commerce at Deakin University, Grace Jamieson realised what she really wanted to be was a mechanic. She had always been interested in cars from a distance. Buying her first car a Nissan Skyline strengthened her interest in mechanics, and she enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship course Certificate II in Automotive Studies (Mechanical) at Bendigo Kangan Institute (BKI) to get a taste of what studying mechanics would be like, and to increase her chances of an apprenticeship offer. She gained an apprenticeship with South Yarra BMW, and returned to BKI to study a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology. In 2016 she was named BMW Apprentice of the Year.

To hear Grace's story, see: Grace Jamieson's story

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Jeremy Connell

Certificate III in Engineering
Training Provider: Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

Employment: Fitter and Machinist at Wangaratta Engineering

During high school, Jeremy Connell was almost certain he wanted to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, and a week of work experience at Wangaratta Engineering left him with no doubt. When Jeremy went back to Wangaratta Engineering to ask if they would be his host employer under the School-Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) program, they said yes on the spot. Later the company offered him a full apprenticeship, but he wanted to finish Year 12, and they held a position open for him. Jeremy has completed Certificate III Engineering with Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and is working as a fully qualified fitter and machinist at Wangaratta Engineering.

To hear Jeremy's story, see: Jeremy Connell's story

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Matthew Soderstrom

Certificate III in Carpentry
Training Provider: Box Hill Institute
Employment: Carpenter at Istrom Homes Pty Ltd

When Matthew Soderstrom left school he completed a commerce degree at Monash University, and later became an Auditor at KPMG. Throughout his childhood, Matthew had always admired his father as a builder, and at age 28 he realised he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. As an apprentice enrolled in Certificate III Carpentry at Box Hill Institute, Matthew’s host employer is his father’s company, Istrom Homes Pty. Ltd. Matthew says building and construction not only provides him with a sense of personal fulfilment, it also injects something of value into society. Matthew has plans to become a Registered Building Practitioner, train young tradespeople and build a company with an emphasis on good communication and quality workmanship.

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