Drake employee named Apprentice of the Year

The Drake Group has announced that one of its team members has won two major awards from Apprenticeships Queensland’s 2022 awards night.

Erin Vanderreyden from The Drake Group won the Senior Engineering award, and as a result she was nominated for the overall Dave Handyside Apprentice of the Year – which she also won.

Vanderreyden began her journey at The Drake Group at the age of 16 as a work experience student, and she has now successfully completed her Certificate 3 in Engineering Fabrication with Apprenticeships Queensland.

The Drake Group said it was a proud moment to see Vanderreyden receive these accomplishments.

“Not only is Erin working in the male dominated industry of manufacturing, but she is also heavily involved in the sport of sprint car racing,” it said.

“Her ethos is ‘Live Big’, nothing holds her back and she is always up for a challenge.

“She is a true inspiration to all other apprentices, especially the six female apprentices that we now have at Drake.”

In addition to Vanderreyden’s accomplishment, a number of other The Drake Group employees have also received awards from Apprenticeships Queensland.

Clancy Reberger was a runner up in the School Based Apprentice of the Year and received an Encouragement award, and Rohnan Wells was also a finalist in the Senior Engineering Apprentice of the Year but just missed out.

Elise Miller and Kelsea Patterson from The Drake Group were also runners up on the night, as they were nominated for the Junior Engineering Awards but missed out on the win.

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