Toowoomba’s Benjamin Nash has been recognised as Aurizon’s leading apprentice at the Company’s 2016 Employee Excellence Awards.
Benjamin joined Aurizon in 2013, commencing an apprenticeship at Aurizon’s Willowburn depot in Toowoomba.
Last week, Benjamin was named the 2016 Apprentice of the Year at the national awards ceremony in Brisbane, where he was also received the Mechanical Apprentice of the Year Award.
Benjamin was recognised for designing and fabricating a new process for the removal and refitting of an axle box liner on Aurizon’s rollingstock fleet. The process significantly improves safety for employees, as well as delivering cost and efficiency benefits. Benjamin came up against a range of outstanding innovations and projects from Aurizon apprentices across the nation.
Throughout his apprenticeship, Benjamin has been responsible for general maintenance and repairs of Aurizon’s diesel locomotive fleet which haul grain, livestock and coal along the South West rail system.
Benjamin is honoured to be awarded Aurizon’s Apprentice of the Year and have his hard work and dedication recognised against such a high calibre of apprentices.
He has enjoyed completing his apprenticeship at Aurizon where he has appreciated the training support and mentorship he has received from managers and colleagues.
Aurizon’s Employee Excellence Awards recognise the highest achievers from almost 6,000 employees who work for Australia’s largest rail and freight company.