AGWA Apprentice Awards

2021 Apprentice of the Year

Apprentices are the future of the glass and window industry. The annual AGWA Apprentice Awards aim to recognise excellence and honour their achievements.


National Apprentice of the Year

The National Apprentice of the Year Award will be awarded to the highest scoring State Apprentice of of the Year in the assessment of practical and theoretical skills.

To be eligible for this award the apprentice must have been 21 or younger when they commenced their apprenticeship.


2021 National Apprentice of the Year

Michael O'Rourke

Protec Aluminium & Glazing
Lidcombe TAFE

Michael is employed by Protec Aluminium and Glazing in Milperra, New South Wales, and attends Lidcombe TAFE, where he is the current TAFE NSW Glass and Glazing Apprentice of the Year. He has shown great leadership skills and has a great attendance record. Growing up in the industry with a father who is a Master Glazer, Michael was inspired to join Protec four years ago. Working at Protec has allowed him to learn all aspects of glass and he has become an important part of the team and a highly skilled tradesman.

Congratulations to Michael O'Rourke, AGWA 2021 National Apprentice of the Year.


State Apprentices of the Year

The recipients of the State Apprentice of the Year Award are apprentices who demonstrate the highest level of capability and quality workmanship out of all candidates from their state.

To be eligible for this award the apprentice must have been 21 or younger when they commenced their apprenticeship and must not have completed their apprenticeship before 1 June 2020.

Each winner from this category goes forward as the state entry for the National Apprentice of the Year Award.


2021 New South Wales Apprentice of the Year

Michael O'Rourke

Protec Aluminium & Glazing
Lidcombe TAFE

Michael is employed by Protec Aluminium and Glazing in Milperra, New South Wales, and attends Lidcombe TAFE, where he is the current TAFE NSW Glass and Glazing Apprentice of the Year. He has shown great leadership skills and has a great attendance record. Growing up in the industry with a father who is a Master Glazer, Michael was inspired to join Protec four years ago. Working at Protec has allowed him to learn all aspects of glass and he has become an important part of the team and a highly skilled tradesman.

Congratulations Michael.


2021 Western Australia Apprentice of the Year

Zak Tanner

Guthrie Glass & Aluminium
North Metropolitan TAFE

Zak works for Guthrie Glass & Aluminium in Kelmscott, Western Australia, and attends North Metropolitan TAFE. He was drawn to glazing from his first day of work experience at school. He liked that it involved attention to detail and was also hands-on. He is a true leader within his TAFE course and does excellent work in both theory and practical assessments. At his workplace, Zak has shown great commitment to his work as well as a great attitude. His employers are certain that he will become a fantastic tradesperson as he is a quick learner and works well with others in the team.

Congratulations to Zak Tanner, AGWA 2021 Western Australia Apprentice of the Year.


2021 Tasmania Apprentices of the Year

This year, the judges felt that due to the high standard of quality from the apprentice nominees that a joint Tasmania Apprentice of the Year would be awarded.

Daniel Gofton

Kingborough Glazing
TasTAFE

Daniel is employed Kingborough Glazing, Huntingfield, and studied at TasTAFE. He grew up in the glass and glazing industry due to his family owing a glazing business. He was naturally attracted to the architectural use of glass and the diversity of the industry offering so many opportunities for the use of different skills. In his studies, Daniel showed a natural ability to grasp new ideas quickly and to be highly productive while keeping safety at the forefront. He has also completed other studies, including courses on AS 1288 and AS 2047. Most recently he completed AGWA’s Intermediate Fenestration course and became a Foundation Glazier with AGWA. Daniel always produces high quality work and has received excellent feedback from customers. He displays leadership skills and has the ability to express his ideas and offer alternative solutions. His employers see him becoming an important presence in the glass and glazing industry.

Congratulations to Daniel Gofton, joint AGWA 2021 Tasmania Apprentice of the Year.

Ivan Salter

Hobart Glass & Aluminium
TasTAFE

Ivan works for Hobart Glass and Aluminimum, Derwent Park, and attends TasTAFE. Ivan first joined the industry after responding to an ad at the end of school. He was pleasantly surprised that there was more to the industry than installing glass and repairing breaks. He has done very well at TAFE and shows a great dedication to study as well as the ability to pick up new concepts quickly. He has also taken on a mentoring role. This ability to learn quickly has also become and asset in his employment where he has become highly respected and delivers high standard work.

Congratulations to Ivan Salter, joint AGWA 2021 Tasmania Apprentice of the Year.