Darren Moss: Our Nominee for Apprentice of the Year

Jun 1, in Employer Help, Hints & Tips

Never let it be said that an apprenticeship is a commitment to a boring life in a single, steady job.  Outstanding apprentice Darren Moss proves otherwise.  Moss, attended the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE at Meadowbank College for three years, and while doing so achieved outstanding results.  Participating in the Certificate III program in Electronic Technology, Assembly, and Servicing, Moss achieved the number one ranking in both the Institute and the State, an exceptional achievement and one that is to be admired.

Moss wowed colleagues and teachers alike as he breezed through the course, achieving distinctions in every single unit he took (twenty in all) and eventually completing his apprenticeship six months early when offered a full time position by his Host Employer, esteemed multinational corporation Toshiba International.

Darren’s story shows the potential that goes hand in hand with deciding to complete an apprenticeship.  A little diligence and hard work goes a long way, and in the end Darren Moss, like so many other hard-working apprentices, received his due.

Darren’s Support Manager gives more insight on this dutiful worker and shares about his experiences working with him:

“apprenticepower are proud to announce that our apprentice Darren Moss achieved the No 1 ranking in Tafe New South Wales for Electro technology Assembly and Servicing. Darren has taken a difficult journey to his new trade; he originally commenced as an apprentice at Qantas and became a Ground Engineer.  After 13 years of loyal service, he saw his job go overseas and he was made redundant in his trade in 2006.  This was quite a traumatic situation for a young married man with 4 children. Darren elected to pursue a trade with more job security and attended a pre apprenticeship course in Electro technology in 2007 and joined ApprenticePower in the same year.

Darren was hosted to Toshiba Australia at Parramatta, and with Toshiba’s advanced training regime coupled with Darren’s motivation he finished his training in 3 years and was awarded ‘Competency Based Completion’ 10 months early. During this time Darren was also blessed with another child and had 5 children on completing his apprenticeship. During the TAFE course, Darren had 20 assessable modules to complete and achieved 20 consecutive ‘distinctions’ including 3 modules of 100% with all others in excess of 90%.  Darren always received glowing reports from his host employer and as soon as his Tafe component was complete was offered full time employment with the company.

Darren received his State Award at Broadmeadow Tafe on 6 May and his Gold Medallion will be presented at an official ‘Excellence Awards’ presentation at North Sydney Institute of Tafe on 25 May, 2010.  Darren has been nominated by apprenticepower as an entrant in the Department of Education and Training Apprentice of the Year Award for 2010. The management and staff at apprenticepower wish him all the best for the future.”