Tait: Renewed and increased commitment to the industry through education and the ideals of Sir Angus Tait

Congratulations to Ben Woods on being selected as the first recipient of the Sir Angus Tait Memorial Scholarship in 2010.

Ben is an apprentice with Adelaide based Tait Authorised Dealer Tetracom. This award is administered by the Australian Radio Communications

Industry Association (ARCIA) on behalf of contributors Tait and Westwick Farrow. It is intended to provide encouragement to a student actively pursuing study leading to a career in radio communications engineering at an Advanced Diploma level or higher.

Before joining Tetracom, Ben worked at Harvey Norman as a computer technician, but decided that RF was far more interesting and applied to join Tetracom as a Trainee RF Technician.

Ben started with Tetracom on the 3rd of September, 2008 and completed his traineeship at the end of 2009, with the results of four Distinctions, two Credits and two Passes.

After discussing Ben's career path with Tetracom's owner, Jeff Perry, it was agreed that he would progress to a full apprenticeship which he commenced at the beginning of 2010. He is continuing to receive good grades and has become an integral member of the service workshop team. He has adopted a keen interest in radio communications beyond his role at Tetracom.

It is excellent to see the widespread investment in industry skills occurring around the country, and for the first time this scholarship has been awarded outside of Melbourne. There are now three scholarships available around the nation annually, thanks to contributions from Westwick Farrow, Tait Radio Communications, and ARCIA, who administer the awards. Please nominate your trainees and apprentices for the award by contacting info@arcia.org.au.

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