Trip of a lifetime

The inaugural Apprentice of the Year award winner will head to Amsterdam for METSRADE 2021.

26 November 2020


The next generation of industry leaders was recognised at the 2020 Australian Marine Awards, held at Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast, with seven deserving finalists named. Apprentice of the Year received the ultimate prize of trip to Amsterdam for METSRADE 2021.

Taking home this new award was Jasmine Willougby, a second-year engineering fabrication apprentice from Aus Ships Group.

The inaugural Apprentice of the Year award, sponsored by TAFE Queensland, was designed to recognise and honour apprentices for their outstanding skills, performance, dedication and commitment to the Australian marine industry.

The finalists for the 2020 Apprentice of the Year award were: Robbie Beale and Jasmine Willoughby, Aus Ships Group; Jarrod Nobrega, Marine Air Flow International; Bailey Sivyer, Riviera; Leon Duryea and Billy Tregoning, Onboard Engineering; and Beau Paff, Steber International.

David Good, CEO of AIMEX said, “This is a genuinely exciting award for the marine industry. The business leaders of tomorrow will take our industry to new heights and we want to make sure the best people are attracted to and retained in the marine industry.


“The winner of this award Jasmine Willoughby has a degree in Biomedical Science and rather than continue to pursue a science career, she picked up the tools and entered a welding program through East Coast Apprenticeships. We believe she is a great example of what the future of the marine industry is and we look forward to taking her on her first overseas trip to Amsterdam to be inspired by the world’s largest marine trade exhibition.”

Rob Miley, former chairman of the Tasmanian Maritime Network and judge on the 2020 panel, commented after the Awards night: “I commend AIMEX for introducing this new award for 2020 as a way to celebrate the achievements of our future tradespeople while encouraging continued excellence in the industry.

“The standard of apprentices was exemplary and a credit to their employers. I congratulate all of our apprentice finalists and the companies for their success and dedication to achieving training excellence. Being selected as an AIMEX apprentice finalist recognises their outstanding contribution to our industry’s growth; they should be very proud of their achievements.”

Tommy Ericson, owner of Aus Ships Group commented, “This is such a great recognition of Jasmine’s commitment and dedication to her trade apprenticeship.”

Jasmine’s employment at Aus Ships Group allows exposure to several different trades so she has been able to build on skills and knowledge outside of her dedicated trade qualification and is very much looking forward to attending METSTRADE 2021 with the AIMEX team.”

The METSTRADE Show is the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems. It’s the only truly international B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry and has served as a platform for innovation, market developments and networking since its launch in 1988.

Eline Heemstra, Exhibition Manager for METSTRADE said, “We are excited to welcome Jasmine and the rest of the Australian contingent to Amsterdam next year to attend METSTRADE 2021 and congratulate her on her victory.

“We have always supported the future generations of our industry and have the METSRADE Young Professionals Club that brings together young industry professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds, offering both an on and offline environment to facilitate networking. Jasmine will fit right in,” said Eline.



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