Success is a family affair

A mother and son from Maitland could be joining each other in the winner’s circle when the 2019 Hunter Training Awards are announced in Newcastle on Friday 21 June.

HVTC’s Jaidyn Misson is in the running for the Apprentice of the Year Award, while his mother Amanda Misson is vying for Vocational Student of the Year.

Jaidyn completed a Certificate III Engineering Mechanical apprenticeship last year with HVTC and host employer, J&S Engineering and Maintenance.

The 21-year-old is now working as a CNC machinist, learning how to program and utilise cutting edge technology in the field of fitting and machining while undertaking a Certificate IV in Manufacturing Engineering.

Once complete, Jaidyn will be one of the few employees at J&S who will be able to operate some of the more technical and advanced machines in the workshop.

“Seeing the use of technology in the J&S workshops, I realise the future is in automation and technology. That’s why I grabbed the opportunity to do the specialised CNC training,” he said.

“I’d like to think I’m becoming a good role model to my fellow HVTC apprentices at J&S Engineering and maybe a good example of how continuing training through a Certificate IV can value add to my skills, my host employers and the development of my trade.

“Other tradespeople have told me stories of the huge changes they have witnessed throughout their careers. This is why apprentices need to understand that learning is lifelong.”

Jaidyn said he was surprised to learn that he was being nominated for an award.

“I really wasn’t expecting it, but it means a lot to be recognised by my employers,” he said.

“It shows that they’re happy with the job I’m doing and that has given me a bit of a confidence boost.”

Jaidyn’s work ethic was no doubt inherited from his parents. His dad works as a boilermaker while his mum has built a successful career in the banking sector.

The mother of four has worked in banking since she left school and is currently a branch supervisor with The Mutual Bank.

Along the way she has completed a number of vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, from business administration to leadership and management. Last year she completed a Certificate IV in Banking Services and has also recently commenced a Financial Institution course in consumer lending.

Amanda said she was excited to be nominated for an award, but even more excited she gets to share the experience with Jaidyn.

“These awards encourage people to study, but also show that you don’t have to go to university to do so,” she said.

“I’m so proud of Jaidyn. He’s a bit of a quiet achiever but he’s really surprised me with everything he has achieved and how far he has come.”

The Hunter Training Awards presentation will be held at NEX in Newcastle. Winners will progress to the State Training Awards later this year.

Young man in high vis clothing smiling with his mother