2019 Riverland & Mallee Vocational Award Winners announced


The 2019 Riverland & Mallee Vocational Awards now in its 37th year, held at the Berri Hotel on Friday night with over 250 attending saw Aidan Kenyon awarded the 2019 Apprentice of the Year and the Data & Voice Communications Industry category awards.

As a mature aged apprentice, Aidan is completing a Certificate 3 in Data and Voice Communications and is employed as a Telecommunications Technician apprentice with Riverland Data and Security. Aidan impressed judges with his technical knowledge and commitment to his career pathway. His employer describes Aidan as a skilled and motivated team player who builds positive relationships with both customers and peers.

Aidan follows in the footsteps of many young talented Apprentices as the 2019 Riverland & Mallee Apprentice of the Year.

Other winners on the night included

  • Trainee of the Year, Jessica Matulick,

  • VET (Post School) Student of the Year, Caitlin Polack,

  • School based Trainee of the Year, Emily Westley of Glossop High School,

  • School based Apprentice of the Year, Charlie Holtham of Glossop High School,

  • School based VET Student of the Year, Jack Monaco of Glossop High School.

A full list of winners and runners up for each of the categories is attached for information.

The successful night, largely due to the high caliber of finalists, genuine support of sponsors and commitment by employers to the awards, is considered to be the largest of its kind in regional Australia and is hosted by the Rotary Club of Berri.



Rotary Club of Berri

Riverland & Mallee Vocational Awards 2019





Employed by

Hosted by/School

Apprentice of the Year

Aidan Kenyon

Riverland Data & Security


Runner up

Briley Gibbs

Statewide Group Training

Ben’s Constructions


Trainee of the Year

Jessica Matulick


Tim Whetstone MP

Runner up

Jack Nelsson


Glossop High School


*** New Award***

VET student of the Year (Post School)

Caitlin Polack

Australian Landscape Trust



School Based Apprentice of Year

Charlie Holtham

Hotondo Homes

Glossop High

Runner up

Sam Koop

Chris Bonney Electrical


Loxton High


School Based Trainee of Year

Emily Westley

Glossop High School

Glossop High

Runner up

Tahnee Dack

Monash Primary School

Glossop High


VET student of the Year

Jack Monaco


Glossop High

Runner up

Riley Fillmore


Waikerie High


Industry Winners



Adam Schultz

MTA Training & Employment

Waikerie Crash Pty Ltd

Data & Voice Communications

Aidan Kenyon

Riverland Data & Security


Building & Construction

Briley Gibbs

Statewide Group Training

Ben’s Constructions

Electrical/Air Conditioning

Craig Turner

Water Engineering Technologies (SA Water)



Ty Wagenknecht

GJ Dix & Sons



Food Processing

Alex Rollbusch

Rollbusch Quality Meats



Chernoa Morrow

Cindys Hair & Beauty




Teagan Nourse

Spectra Training

Tri State Graphics