2018 Lester Plummer Apprentice of the Year awarded to Matt King

RESPONSIBLE: Third year Mechanical Fitter Matt King has been awarded the Northparkes Mines Lester Plummer Apprentice of the Year. Photo: Supplied.

RESPONSIBLE: Third year Mechanical Fitter Matt King has been awarded the Northparkes Mines Lester Plummer Apprentice of the Year. Photo: Supplied.

The Northparkes Mines Lester Plummer Apprentice of the Year has been awarded to third year Mechanical Fitter, Matt King.

NPM hosted an Employee Pipeline event to award the Lester Plummer Apprentice of the Year and welcome new employees to the business in February.

The employee pipeline includes apprentices, trainees, graduates, scholarship holders and work placement students.

Stacey Kelly, Manager - People, Safety and Environment, said the Lester Plummer Apprentice of the Year award was first introduced in 2016, in honour of friend and colleague, Lester Plummer, who passed away in 2015.

"Lester worked at Northparkes for many years, where he displayed a keen interest in the development of our apprentices," Stacey said.

"His caring and fun loving nature, combined with his trade knowledge and skills, meant that he was a perfect match to mentor our apprentices."

Matt was recognised for being a quiet achiever who takes on responsibility, leads others and consistently strives to improve and develop his skills.

Matt also received exemplary results at TAFE, with four out of five assignments marked at over 95%.

"I feel extremely honoured to have received the Lester Plummer Apprentice of the Year award," Matt said.

"During my apprenticeship I have been lucky enough to have worked with various tradespeople across site, who have positively influenced and developed my attitude, skills and knowledge."

Brandon Keep, Luke Wallace, Oliver Dagger and Steven Butler who finished their apprenticeships last year were also recognised for their efforts during the pipeline event.

"By building the skills of young people, we are able to build a community of talented and experienced tradespeople whose skills will benefit both Northparkes and the community in which we live and work," Stacey said.

"The world's most automated mine thrives on the success of its people, the local community, innovation and the environment.

"This is where safety is paramount, productivity accelerated and careers are fast tracked.

"You can make your mark at Northparkes while also enjoying awesome lifestyle opportunities in the beautiful Parkes region of Central NSW."