12 March 2019
Carpentry apprentice Jay Cottrell from Tawonga was named the Master Builders North East Section Training Provider Apprentice of the Year at Ella Goose Restaurant & Functions in Benalla this evening.
Jay was among three apprentices from the North East region to be recognised for their dedication, skill and hard work.
The other two winners on the night were Chairman’s Award winner Travis Bailey, a painter from Shepparton and Employer-Nominated Apprentice of the Year Jack Elliott, a carpenter from Kyabram.
Master Builders’ Careers Manager Ingrid Mountford said this year’s nominees demonstrate laudable commitment, maturity and professional focus on their careers.
“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.”Training Provider Apprentice of the Year Jay Cottrell attends Murray Mallee Training Company, and is employed by Cottrell Constructions Pty Ltd. Chairman’s Award winner Travis Bailey attends Skill Training Victoria, and is employed by Mike Bailey Paint & Decorating Pty Ltd. Employer-Nominated Apprentice of the Year Jack Elliott attends and is employed by The Apprenticeship Factory and Host Employer Moretto Building Pty Ltd.
Regional winners are selected after an interview with a panel of three judges. They 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: Apprentice of the Year Awards (North East region)
When: Tuesday 12 March 2019 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Ella Goose
Restaurant & Functions, Benalla
Peter Sackett, Media Adviser, (03) 9411 4534, 0466 777 059, firstname.lastname@example.org