No ceiling to ambition

Thursday, 07 April 2016

A construction apprentice from Challenger Institute of Technology’s world-class Rockingham training campus has won the coveted Student of the Year Award. 

Reece Moore (21), of Yanchep, received the accolade at Challenger Institute’s Student Awards Ceremony in Fremantle on 6 April, after collecting the Apprentice of the Year Award earlier in the evening. 

Reece was rewarded for his outstanding results upon completion last year of the Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining.

Few students could lay claim to overcoming the tyranny of distance better than Reece, whose commute extends from the outer extremities of the northern suburbs to Rockingham in the south. 

The ceremony recognised the achievements of more than 60 students from across the Institute, as well as five major award winners in the categories Aboriginal Student of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year and Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools Student of the Year.

An indication of Reece’s skills as a tradesman are the other titles that have come his way, namely as winner of his industry body’s AWCI Apprentice of the Year Award 2015, winner of the AWCI Apprentice Challenge 2015, and runner-up in the National AWCI Challenge held in Queensland, where he represented Western Australia.

Reece has started his own business, which he runs on a casual basis and plans to build to the point where in turn can employ apprentices. He also hasn’t ruled out one day returning to Challenger, but as a lecturer rather than.

“The fact I am able to work with my hands every day, building something from nothing, is just brilliant,” Reece said.

Lecturer David Robinson said Reece had displayed a work ethic that is equal to that of any student he had encountered.

“No obstacle can stop Reece from achieving his goals and his focus and leadership qualities will ensure he is successful in the trade he loves.”


The 2015 Apprentice of the Year Award is proudly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cockburn.
Photo: Challenger Institute’s 2015 Student of the Year Award winner Reece Moore. ​   

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