Apprentice of the year

NSW apprentice of the year Mark Doughty
NSW apprentice of the year Mark Doughty

McCarthy Catholic Trade Training Centre (CTTC), Emu Plains, student Mark Doughty has won the prestigious School-Based Apprentice of the year prize at the NSW Training Awards. 

The NSW Training Awards are the peak prizes for Vocational Education and and Training, recognising and celebrating achievement, excellence and innovation in the training sector in NSW.

This year more than 1000 applications were received across 18 categories, which represents a record for the annual competition, and Mark’s award for the best School-Based Apprentice of 2017 was the culmination of a lot of hard work.

Mark said he was proud to win the award and represent western Sydney.

“I take great satisfaction in the transformative nature of my work. Comparing my before and after images drives me to gain more experience and knowledge,” he said.

By age 14, Mt-Druitt based Mark was running his own lawn mowing business, which has grown over the past three years.

He loves giving back to his community by performing voluntary landscaping at his school, in local parks and for St Vincent De Paul, Mt Druitt.

Like many of his fellow students at McCarthy, Mark has also secured an apprenticeship and works one day a week with his employer and spends another day at TAFE studying a Certificate III in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens).  

During the other three days he attends the TTC at McCarthy and studies Maths, English, Catholic Studies, and Financial Services so he can complete his HSC.

“I wanted a trade but I also wanted to get my HSC and the TTC here at McCarthy has helped me to do this,” he said.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) has two TTC - the other at Loyola Senior High School at Mt Druitt - where students can complete their HSC and at the same time study for a trade.

McCarthy Catholic College TTC assistant principal John Wills said “We couldn’t be prouder of Mark and his achievements, it is a clear demonstration of the work he has carried out both here at the college and in the workplace. 

The specifically designed TTC HSC pathway studied in the CEDP schools, ensures that students have the ability to access School-Based Apprenticeships within a flexible timetable structure that is supported by teacher mentoring for both students and employers.”
Posted By Patrick Whiteley at 14/09/2017 11:43:59 AM

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