FINALIST: Southern Downs Regional Council mechanic Brodie Ellery, who also won a gold medal in the 2015 Regional WorldSkills Competition for Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, is a finalist in the Queensland Training Awards.
FINALIST: Southern Downs Regional Council mechanic Brodie Ellery, who also won a gold medal in the 2015 Regional WorldSkills Competition for Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, is a finalist in the Queensland Training Awards.

Southern Downs mechanic gets nod for training awards

A SOUTHERN Downs Regional Council mechanic has been named as a regional finalist in the prestigious Queensland Training Awards.

Brodie Ellery is one of three regional finalists for the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of Year, which will be presented at the Empire Theatre on July 22.

Mr Ellery completed his diesel fitter apprenticeship in November, achieving a Certificate III in Heavy Vehicle Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie congratulated Mr Ellery.

“Brodie is a terrific ambassador for the Southern Downs and a tremendous role model to young people in our region,” Cr Dobie said.

“He epitomises the notion that hard work, dedication and a passion for what you do, really can bring great rewards.”

Cr Dobie said Mr Ellery was an ideal nominee for the Queensland Training award.

“It follows his success last year, winning a gold medal at the 2015 Regional WorldSkills Competition for Heavy Vehicle Mechanics,” she said.

“Both achievements are a credit to Brodie’s commitment and dedication to his trade and we look forward to hearing how he goes at the regional finals in July, and later in the year at the National World Skills Competition in Melbourne.”

Mr Ellery said he was excited about being a finalist and regarded the regional finals as a great experience.

He is one of 175 finalists selected from 660 applications.

Regional winners will progress to the state finals in Brisbane in September.

State winners will progress to the Australian Training Awards in Darwin in November.



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