Bradken Wodonga’s second-year Pattern Making apprentice Kyle Clarke has been honoured with the Australian Foundry Institute’s (AFI) “Foundry Achiever’s Award” on the weekend, recognising top talent.
The Award recognises Kyle as highest performing foundry apprentice in Victoria this year and was presented at the annual Australian Foundry Institute conference, this year held in Parramatta, New South Wales.
“Attending the AFI National Conference was a great opportunity for me to meet other members of our industry from all over the country,” Kyle said.
“I feel very honoured to have received this award. It was a pleasant surprise to be nominated by my Tafe teacher and I am appreciative of Bradken’s support of the nomination.”
Currently two and a half years into a four-year apprenticeship, Kyle works closely with the pattern making and quality teams at Bradken’s Wodonga foundry assessing and maintaining patterns and cores used in the moulding and casting process.
Kyle has worked at the Bradken Wodonga site for this length of his apprenticeship.
“I’m looking forward to being part of future developments here at the foundry and continuing to work as part of a team to overcome any challenges that accompany them.”
Executive General Manager for Bradken’s Mining Mobile Plant business, Brad Ward said it was great recognition of hard work.
“Kyle should be really proud of his achievement and the career that he is building through an apprenticeship,” Mr Ward said.
“We are very proud to have him as a member or our Bradken team.”
Bradken Wodonga employs about 200 people, including five apprentices in the pattern making, electrical and fitter trades.
Bradken is a mining solutions company specialising in wear parts and services for mining equipment. The main products manufactured at Wodonga are Ground Engaging Tools (GET).
Globally Bradken employees about 3,000 people in about 15 different countries.
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