Defence industry career beckons for award winner

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A fascination with research and a steely determination have earned Golden Bay student Luke Norman a top honour at Challenger Institute of Technology’s Students Awards Ceremony.

The Certificate II in Electronics student was presented with the Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools Student of the Year Award on 9 April.

The ceremony recognised the achievements of more than 70 students from across the institute, as well as five major award winners in the categories Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Aboriginal Student of the Year and VET in Schools Student of the Year.

Luke (17) was rewarded by Challenger’s panel of judges for his diligent efforts during classroom tasks and assessments and his glowing work placement references from leading international defence industry company Raytheon.

“I am passionate about the electronics field, and the work at Raytheon and my studies at Challenger are very technical and require a high level of understanding of the course content and application of my knowledge,” Luke said.

“My supervisors are happy with the work I produce, and I hope to continue in the defence sector with Raytheon once I complete my studies.”

A student at Comet Bay College, Luke is a participant in the School Pathways Program, a national partnership between the Federal Government, Defence Materiel Organisation and the WA Department of Education. 
The program supports school-based pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in more than 20 public schools.

Luke topped the regional division of the 2013 Worldskills Australia VETiS Competition in the Electrotechnology category.

Traineeship field officer Ron Height described Luke as an outstanding student who had made the most of his employment opportunities with Raytheon.

"Luke has been given a project where he is required to build from a plan a test box that Raytheon will use in the field,” Mr Height said.

“It is a very technical task and is by far the best work project of any of my electronic trainees."

The 2013 VET in Schools Student of the Year Award was proudly sponsored by the MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre.

PHOTO CAPTION: Challenger Institute’s 2013 VET in Schools Student of the Year Award winner Luke Norman.

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