Sydney TAFE watchmaking teacher Trenton Firth, Sydney TAFE faculty director Ann McMahon, Apprentice winner Ben Robertson and Swatch Group Australia head of customer service Olivier David.
Ben Robertson has been awarded the top prize in the 2013 Watch and Clock Service and Repair course at Sydney TAFE.
Robertson, who began a science degree before commencing a watchmaking apprenticeship with Citizen Watches and then taking on a job at Karl Braunsteiner of Master Watchmaking, said he loved the “the craftsmanship” required in his new career.
“It’s very rewarding to restore a vintage watch that’s been neglected and get it working again.”
He added that his teacher and the outstanding facilities at Sydney TAFE “made it easy” to complete his studies.
Robertson was presented with a Tissot gents mechanical automatic watch from Swatch Group Australia for his outstanding success.
Braunsteiner, who was part of the watch panel that helped develop Sydney TAFE’s current curriculum, said that students at the institute have great opportunities for learning and developing their skills with quality on the job training to complement their studies.
“Anyone who is passionate will excel,” he said. “Being challenged makes all the difference.”