GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY: Tom Cowan, first-year apprentice at Riepon’s Mechanical has been awarded a scholarship for apprentices.
GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY: Tom Cowan, first-year apprentice at Riepon’s Mechanical has been awarded a scholarship for apprentices.

Tom’s checking out tools

A SCHOLARSHIP will help apprentice mechanic Tom Cowan get his tools of the trade - literally.

"It's awesome, I can afford my tool box and have found one," he said.

"They are pretty expensive."

Tom was this week handed a cheque, the first of three $5000 cheques, to help him throughout his apprenticeship which he started earlier this year at Riepon's Mechanical Repairs at South Grafton.

The 18-year-old said he always had a keen interest in mechanics and finding out how things worked.

The scholarship was awarded by State Learning Services and the Board of Vocational Education and Training.

State Learning Services co-ordinator Peter Vibe said the idea was to support and acknowledge apprentices who had demonstrated hardship and showed an aptitude for vocational training.

Riepon's Mechanical Repairs owner Dave Riepon said he had worked with many apprentices over the years but Tom was a rare find.

"He's definitely self-motivated and that's a huge attribute that I have found in Thomas," Mr Riepon said.

"Whenever he finishes his work he comes over and asks me for the next job.

"He always wants to keep working."



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