A former Shepparton student has come away with three consecutive Apprentice of the Year awards in jewellery-making at Melbourne Polytechnic.
Beginning her Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture in 2015, Jacinta Rossignoli was awarded the best first, second and third-year apprentice participating in the course at a recent award ceremony.
‘‘NMIT was taken over by Melbourne Polytechnic when I first started my course and they hadn’t had any awards since,’’ she said.
So, Ms Rossignoli was awarded all three titles at the one ceremony in the Northcote Town Hall.
Attending St Mel’s Primary School and Notre Dame College in Shepparton, Ms Rossignoli said she moved to Melbourne after graduating.
After working in retail for 10 years and always sharing a love of jewellery, she said she decided to do something different.
‘‘My mum Kaye Rossignoli is an artist, so I wanted to do something a bit more artistic,’’ Ms Rossignoli said.
Ms Rossignoli wasted no time and secured work with Matt Wynne Designer Jeweller in North Carlton.
‘‘I worked for a year as an apprentice before I actually started my apprenticeship, which I completed over three years,’’ she said.
Working two weeks on and spending one week in classes at Melbourne Polytechnic during her course, Ms Rossignoli said she had really good teachers.
Having almost completed her third year, Ms Rossignoli will continue to create custom made jewellery with Matt Wynne as a qualified jeweller.
Specialising in custom engagement rings, she said the thing she loved most about the career was the interaction with fiancés as they came in to create their future wife’s ring.