Ford Davis Encouragement Award
Box Hill Institute student, James Park has been presented with the Ford Davis Encouragement Award at the 2018 Rotary Club of Forest Hill Apprentice Awards Night and received a selection of tools of his trade. James said that being able to create and build things inspires him to work hard to chase his goals.
James is studying a Certificate III in Cabinet Making at Box Hill Institute and is working to become a successful, qualified cabinetmaker and fitter. The Ford Davis Encouragement Award is aimed to encourage youth to achieve the best of their ability in all that they do and James was nominated for the award by his teacher, Ross Barden. Ross said, “James encountered many difficulties that he has had to confront and overcome to fulfil the level of competency and commitment to his chosen trade.”
James’ employer recommended that he study at Box Hill Institute based on the great things he had heard about the place. During high school, James studied design technology, which involved woodwork and he said this inspired him to pursue a career where he could make things for himself and others.
James said the best thing about studying at Box Hill Institute is the helpful teachers and staff. He commended the teachers for sharing their knowledge and industry experience, and he has enjoyed meeting new people and having smokos.
To any future students hoping to win the Ford Davis Encouragement Award, James said, “Work hard and always be open to learning new things to improve your skill set and knowledge. If you like hands on work and have high attention to detail, then this course would be perfect for you.”
James feels very honoured and proud to receive this award. He said, “I would like to thank everyone who has been making my time at Box Hill Institute a wonderful experience. A special thank you to my teacher Ross Barden, who recognised the hard work, time and effort I put into my studies.”