21 February 2019
EMBARGOED until 9pm, Thursday 21 February 2019.
Ben Austin, a young carpenter from Mirboo North, has received Master Builders’ Gippsland Section Training Provider Apprentice of the Year Award at the Premier Function Centre, Traralgon.
Ben was among three apprentices from the Gippsland region to be awarded for their dedication, skill and hard work.
The other two winners were carpenter Jackson Harry from Waratah Bay (Employer-nominated Award) and Chairman’s Award winner Corey Jack Scott, a carpenter from Traralgon.
Master Builders’ Careers Manager Ingrid Mountford said this year’s nominees demonstrate laudable commitment, maturity and professional focus on their careers, and was pleased to note this annual event had drawn nearly 150 attendees.
“These awards are hard-earned over a long period of time, so the apprentices are rightly excited about the recognition they’re receiving, and what it says about the direction of their careers,” she said.
Master Builders Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Casson says that skilful apprentices are essential to Victoria’s building industry.
“Apprentices are the future of our industry, and central to the vitality and livability of each corner of our state," she said.
“As Victoria grows the fastest of any state in Australia, so grows the demand for the next generation of builders.”
“Nurturing careers in building and construction not only helps hardworking people find rewarding careers, but it represents a smart and long-lasting investment in the communities they serve.”
“The building and construction sector is the largest full-time employer in the Victorian economy, so this is a great time to launch a career,” Ms Casson said. “Opportunities and rewards are plentiful, and there has never been a better time to pursue them.”
“Master Builders Victoria takes great pride in these apprentices and in the outstanding, award-winning training we provide to builders throughout their careers.”
Regional winners are selected after an interview with a panel of three judges. Winners are invited to the State Apprentice of the Year Awards on 9 May in Melbourne where the overall winners will be announced.
Media welcome – interviews and photos of winners available upon request.
What: 2019 Gippsland Apprentice of the Year Awards
When: 6.30 to 9pm Thursday 21 February
Where: Premier Function Centre, Traralgon
Peter Sackett, Media Adviser, (03) 9411 4534, 0466 777 059, firstname.lastname@example.org