Apprentices honoured for work

Master Builders Victoria's Regional Apprentice Awards South West winners Lara's Daniel Currie, left, Colac's Brodie Duynhoven, and Hamlyn Heights' Alec Smith. (Supplied)

By Jena Carr

Two Greater Geelong apprentices were recognised for their quality of work and contributions within their chosen fields.

Master Builders Victoria held its Regional Apprentice Awards South West at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium on March 21, which was attended by close to 300 guests.

Lara’s Daniel Currie is a third-year carpentry apprentice and said it was “humbling” to be awarded the South West Chairperson’s Award.

“There’s quite a lot of other apprentices doing incredible work out there, so it was quite humbling but also good encouragement that I’m on the right track and doing well,” he said.

“(Building a) wall, window or door that wasn’t there before and being able to see the hard work that you’ve put in be manifested at the end of the day, …there is a level of pride in it.”

Hamlyn Heights’ Alec Smith is a third-year bricklaying apprentice and said he was “over the moon” to receive the Apprentice of the Year South West Craftsperson Award.

“To get the external recognition was amazing and I had my dad over from England as well to come and see it, so that made everything a little better,” he said.

“I was quite lucky with having a great boss and colleagues… There’ll be times where you may want to stop, but ride it out, keep learning, and enjoy it.”

Colac’s Brodie Duynhoven, a fourth-year carpentry apprenticeship, was also honoured with the Apprenticeship of the Year South West Junior Apprentice Award.

Apprentices nominated for the awards were judged on their preparation, presentation, work experience, knowledge, career plans, attitude, and industry representation.

South west region apprentice award winners will go on to compete in the Victorian State Apprentice of the Year Awards at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on May 9.