When Lachlan Butler started at BOSS in 2018, he would have no idea that in just four short years, he would be the recipient of the NSW Apprentice of the Year award, and on track to compete for the national prize. The Apprentice of the Year awards showcase the value that vocational education provides to the nation, and, and a recipient, Lachlan is now an ambassador for education and training across NSW.
This journey began at the start of the year, when Rosie Bloch, BOSS Engineering’s HR Officer nominated Lachlan for the award. Lachlan had an online interview with the award panel, and was selected as a finalist for the region. On the 17th of June, he headed for Tamworth, where he won the Apprentice of the Year for the New England Region.
After some celebration, and some more hard work, he headed for Sydney, for an additional round of interviews, and he was selected as a state finalist.
On the 16th of September, Lachlan was joined in Sydney by BOSS Director Michael Grills, CEO Nathan Barnett, and HR Officer Rosie Bloch, who watched him win the well-earned NSW award.
This award came with prizes, and opportunities for Lachlan. He received professional development courses, including mindfulness training, public speaking, media training, social media and radio interview skills, to help him in spreading the message of the positive impact that vocational training can have on both individual and community levels.
The next step is the national finals in Adelaide on the 18th of November. Lachlan had this to say about his chances.
“Well, it’s one in eight. I gave it a pretty good crack, but if someone else wins, they’ll be a great ambassador as well.”
Lachlan’s goal for this award was never for personal glory. He wants to help more people to take up apprenticeships, with the aim of reducing the severe skills shortage in rural areas. He hopes that he can inspire people to use the resources available to train and learn new skills, and hopes that everyone finds something to be passionate about.
Follow BOSS Engineering on Facebook to see how Lachlan goes at the national levels, or check back here in a few weeks for an update.
BOSS Engineering wishes Lachlan the best luck on the 18th, we know he’ll do great.