NEWS: VIC – May – 2016

Bricklayers are Winners

splash-02ABBTF’s Victorian State Manager, Jane Alexander, was a guest at the recent Master Builders Victoria 2016 State Apprentice of the Year awards.  In this newsletter she reports on the Melbourne event where bricklayers featured strongly among the winners.  All finalists in their given trade had previously won their Regional classification that then followed with a panelist of interviewers determining the final winners in each State category.

It was a great evening with over 600 apprentices from all trades, family members, employers, training organisations and industry people attending the evening.  The purpose of the event is to celebrate and reward the hard work and commitment each apprentice has put into training during 2015.
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Kelly Dobbyn-Dodunski – State Bricklaying Apprentice of the Year

Kelly Dobbyn Dodunski MBA 2016Kelly impressed the judges with his intuition for the trade and the craftsmanship in what he does.  Well respected and liked by his employer Scott Nicholson (Masonry Men Pty Ltd) and his fellow workers, I had a chance to catch up with Kelly at the awards night and found him to be an impressive young man. Kelly attends Holmesglen Institute of TAFE.

Kelly plans to start his own bricklaying business one day and said he would like to employ deaf apprentices to give them the same opportunity he has been given to learn this highly skilled trade.
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Steed Goldburg – Geelong Section Winner & Winner of the Florence M Taylor Award

Steed Goldburg MBA 2016Steed Goldburg has won the outright Geelong Section Winner and has been awarded the Florence M Taylor Award.(Please read the story on the background of the Florence M Taylor Award).

Steed, who attends The Gordon, is a dedicated bricklayer with a keen eye on his future. From the very start of his apprenticeship he recognised that diligence in his training would reap great rewards.

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Trystan Sammut – Ballarat Section Winner & MBA Chairman’s Award

Trystan Sammut MBA 2016Trystan is a well-spoken and diligent apprentice bricklayer who considers his apprenticeship role as that of a craftsman in training.

He acknowledges that bricklaying is a physically demanding skill, but also extremely rewarding when you realise the completed work could be standing 100 or more years later.

Trystan is planning to start his own business in the future and train his own apprentices.  What a great way to give back to the trade!

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