McCarthy Catholic Trade Training Centre student Mark Doughty has won the prestigious school-based apprentice of the year prize at the NSW Training Awards.
Mark said he was proud to win the award and represent western Sydney.
“I take great satisfaction in the transformative nature of my work. Comparing my before and after images drives me to gain more experience and knowledge,” he said.
The NSW Training Awards are the peak prizes for Vocational Education and Training, recognising and celebrating achievement, excellence and innovation in the training sector in NSW.
This year more than 1,000 applications were received across 18 categories - a record for the annual competition - and Mark’s award for the best school-based apprentice of 2017 was the culmination of a lot of hard work. By age 14, he was running his own lawn mowing business, which has grown over the past three years.
He loves giving back to his community by performing voluntary landscaping at his school, in local parks and for St Vincent De Paul, Mt Druitt.
Like many of his fellow students at the Emu Plains trade training centre, Mark has also secured an apprenticeship and works one day a week with his employer, Skyline Landscaping, and spends another day at TAFE studying a Certificate III in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens).
During the other three days he attends the TTC at McCarthy and studies maths, English, Catholic studies, and financial services so he can complete his HSC.
“I wanted a trade but I also wanted to get my HSC and the TTC here at McCarthy has helped me to do this.”