Alan Kiefer’s legacy lives on at the AITC

When BUSSQ’s Alan Kiefer tragically passed away from cancer in 2018, he left a legacy behind: The Alan Kiefer AITC Apprentice Scholarship. Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) Sunshine Coast student Jack McNamara was one of the recipients of this scholarship in July.

Jack is a Foundational Team Member of the AITC Sunshine Coast, having started at the College when the campus first opened in July 2018. Jack says that he “really enjoys attending the AITC, [as] it is a great environment to be a part of.” Jack was previously at a different school, when his mum, Tracey, heard about the Sunshine Coast campus opening.

“At first, I didn’t want to move schools and I was unsure. [After] I attended the information evening, I applied and attended the selection day and was accepted. I now look back and know that I made the right decision,” Jack says.

Jack’s mum Tracey says that Jack wasn’t thriving in his previous school. “Prior to Jack attending the AITC College he was a young man lost in the school system, unsure, struggling with his grades, with no direction at all. In the 12 months since he has been at the AITC, Jack has many achievements,” Tracey says.

In the past year, Jack has been nominated for a Mateship Award, was successfully signed up as an apprentice at Sugar Road Tyre and Mechanical, was awarded a Team Leader Award for Consistency and Improved Effort in all Subjects, and received the Alan Kiefer Scholarship from BUSSQ.

To receive the scholarship, Jack had to demonstrate the AITC Values, hold his school-based apprenticeship, maintain a 100% attendance rate at both school and work, and receive positive feedback from both his employer and AITC team members.

“From the very beginning, Jack demonstrated leadership qualities including team work, flexibility, initiative and great communication skills. He was an impressive standout at Emu Gully [induction camp], clearly portraying AITC values: hard work, pride, safety, respect, mateship, courage, and honesty,” says Team Leader Amanda Lowrie.

“[Jack] opted to stay for extra tutorials and ensure he received the best marks possible. It didn’t take long for him to impress his Work Experience employer, and he was successfully signed up into an automotive apprenticeship within six months of being an AITC young person,” Amanda added.

“I am very honoured to have been chosen to receive the Alan Kiefer Scholarship,” Jack says. “I certainly do think [it] will open up more doors in my future.” Tracey was extremely proud of Jack for receiving the scholarship. “For Jack to have been chosen and awarded the Alan Kiefer Scholarship has certainly been a great achievement. Jack’s employer was certainly proud of [him] as well.”

The scholarship was definitely well deserved. Congratulations, Jack!

Another big congratulations goes to Redlands student Josh Scott-Hunter and Gold Coast student Bailey Wise who were also recipients of the scholarship.