Local Apprentices Dominate at Regional MBA Awards


Two GOTAFE Apprentices have taken out the top awards at Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBA) North East Region Awards event held last Tuesday night.
John Mason won the major award for Outstanding Apprentice for the North East Region, while Nicholas Bateman claimed the Employer Nominated Award.
Both students are nearing the completion of their Apprenticeships, with John Mason employed by The Apprenticeship Factory with Christopher Halsall Builders, Euroa as his host employer and Nick Bateman employed by Harper Morphet Builder in Euroa.
GOTAFE Acting Building & Construction Commercial Manager Andrew McGranahan said the GOTAFE is extremely proud of its students and praised MBA for bringing their awards to regional areas.
“Both John and Nick are worthy recipients of these awards. It is good to see country Apprentices recognised at such a well-respected event, as they tend to slip through the cracks because most events are held in metro areas,” explained Mr McGranahan.
GOTAFE Building & Construction Trainer Russell Thorn has taught both students during their Apprenticeships and in fact nominated John for his outstanding effort.
“Both students have shown they are a step above the rest in terms of their attitude towards the trade.
“John was also recently awarded the GOTAFE Building Apprentice Achievement Award at the annual Trade Awards for his outstanding achievements,” said Mr Thorn.
The MBA Judges described John as ‘honest’, ‘genuine’, ‘passionate’ and ‘dedicated’, words both Mr Thorn and Master Builders’ Careers Manager Jarrod Flanigan whole heartedly agree with.
“John is a credit to himself, his employer and GOTAFE. John’s determination to succeed in his Carpentry Apprenticeship, his willingness to dedicate himself to every facet of building, and his eagerness to learn showed the judges that John has a bright future ahead of him,” said Mr Flanigan.
Mr Flanigan was equally impressed with Nick Bateman. The former Cabinetmaker turned Carpenter believes changing careers was the best thing he has done and is held in high regard by his employer.
“Nick’s experience in Cabinetmaking means that he has an eye for detail and his work is of high quality; he sets quality standards for himself with customer satisfaction in mind.
“Truly worthy of his nomination, Nick is an outstanding Apprentice with a bright future in the building industry,” said Mr Flanigan.
Mr Thorn reiterated Mr Flanigan’s remarks and explained what a difference the right attitude can make on the success of an Apprentice.
“Nick is a mature aged Apprentice with over 15 years’ experience under his belt. The younger students look up to him and respect his opinion so tend to go to him with questions and advice about their work. He has become a mentor and part trainer,” Mr Thorn explained.
Both students are now in the running for the state wide awards that will be announced later in the year.
The MBA Regional Awards are being held across Victoria until May.
GOTAFE offers Apprenticeships in a range of industries including Cabinet Making, Carpentry & Joinery, Engineering, Automotive, Electrical, Plumbing, Commercial Cookery, Baking and Hairdressing. More information can be found at www.gotafe.vic.edu.au or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).