A second-year spray painting apprentice is among the recipients of the prestigious Bert Evans Scholarship.

Blatch Quality Smash Repairs apprentice Caitlin Reeves was presented with a special certificate to acknowledge her dedication to her chosen trade at the Bathurst TAFE campus last week, while Joshua Evans and David Thomson were presented with special certificates at the Lithgow TAFE campus.

NSW Nationals Member for Bathurst Paul Toole congratulated the next generation of tradies on their scholarships.

“Joshua is employed by Lithgow Small Arms (Thales) and moved to Lithgow from Melbourne to follow his dreams of working in the firearms industry. He is a product of the local Skillset team who are very proud of his achievements,” he said.

“David is a father of four young children who made a career change to get into carpentry and works for Earth Carpentry and Joinery who are a critical part of the maintenance operations for the Emirates Resort.

“Caitlin fits one of the criteria for nomination perfectly, being a female working in a non-traditional trade for women, and her scholarship also includes financial assistance to help her bring her apprenticeship to fruition over coming years.”

The scholarships are named in honour of the late NSW Apprenticeship Ambassador and patron of the NSW Training Awards, Mr Bert Evans AO, in recognition of his outstanding support for vocational education and training and for apprentices in NSW.

Bert started his career in the manufacturing industry and developed a keen appreciation of apprenticeship training. He rose to become the head of the Metal Trades Industry Association and was a strong advocate for vocational education, skills and jobs.