The best of the best

Each year Master Builders SA selects the best 12 apprentices, one per month, to contest for the title of “Apprentice of the Year”.

The selection process consists of

  • Feedback from Hosts, Field Officers, MBASA and Trade School
  • Onsite performance, skill and knowledge development
  • Understanding of WHS issues and compliance
  • Further study and Professional Development
  • Understanding of Sound Business Management Practises
  • Leadership and mentoring skills with other apprentices and work colleagues
  • Future Goals and Aspirations in the Construction Industry
  • Sporting and community Achievements

The highly sought after title of ‘Apprentice of the Year’ offers

  • Recognition with established members of the Construction Industry
  • Enhanced future employment and career opportunities
  • Opportunities for other State based and National Training Awards

The Master Builders SA Apprentice of the Year will go on to represent South Australia at the Master Builders National Awards.

Congratulations Matthew Ludwig

Apprentice of the Year 2018

Congratulations Matthew Ludwig

Matthew is a hard-working and driven Carpentry apprentice who always has positive feedback from his host Kemp Carpenters Pty / Ltd, stating that he has a high skill level, sound practical knowledge, is punctual and his work ethic is exceptional. Matthew works incredibly well as part of a team, and also has the ability to undertake self-directed work.

Judges were impressed with his enthusiasm, his commitment to safety and his drive to achieve, having clear plans and financial strategies already in place.

 Matthew places an enormous emphasis on safety for himself and others on site. Matthew displays great knowledge and skills in hazard and risk assessment.

Matthew exercises an on-going high level of communication with all he encounters – from Kemp’s admin staff, on site peers, management and Master Builders SA staff.  He always acts and speaks in a mature and professional manner.

Previously to starting his apprenticeship Matthew worked as a qualified Bricklayer. Matthew has taken it upon himself to enrol and complete several courses in order to better prepare himself post his apprenticeship.

Matthew is very studious and has a good reputation at his trade school, ATEC with his trainers for his skill, knowledge and work ethic.

Post his apprenticeship Matthew would like to obtain his Builders and supervisors license so he can do his own extension and renovation works.

Congratulations Guy Hewton-Lamph

Apprentice of the Year 2017

Congratulations Guy Hewton-Lamph

Guy Hewton - Lamph is 22 years old and is currently in his third year as an apprentice carpenter. Building and Construction has been a strong passion of his and a big part of his life for the past several years.

Leaving school early in 2011 Guy began to pursue his goals by studying a certificate IV in Residential Drafting. Once he completed his Drafting course he then went on to further studies and began to study a triple Certificate IV in Building, Estimating and Site Management.

After a year of full-time studying Guy decided to cut back to part-time so that he could apply for an apprenticeship and gain the practical skills he needed for the future. Master Builders SA employed Guy as an apprentice in 2014.

For the past three years Guy has been on a steep learning curve gaining both practical and theoretical experience in the Building and construction industry. Through dedication and time management skills Guy completed the triple certificates in September 2016.

Terry Johansen (Genemax) has been Guy’s host employer since the start of his apprenticeship, and has over 30 years’ experience working in the Building and Construction industry. Guy’s relationship with Terry is established to the point that Terry is considering succession planning using Guy to continue to run his business when Terry retires in the future.

Guy feels lucky to be learning from someone with so much knowledge. With the skills and knowledge Terry is passing down to Guy, Guy hopes to one day be able to do the same thing and train up his own apprentices.

Guy’s future aspirations are to own and run his own business. Within the next five years Guy hopes to establish his building business, producing quality and reliable work.

Guy’s trade school (N.E.V.C), combined with his onsite learning has given him the confidence that he will be able to perform not only to national standards but standards that will make his business competitive in a growing industry.

Guy has his own investment property which he is currently redeveloping; submitting documents and statements himself due to financial constraints of having a professional complete this work for him. After nine months of submitting planning requirements the extension is in its final stages of gaining approval.

Guy’s straightforward approach to site safety is impressive. He is very conscious of correct processes, site set up, the benefits of a clean site, and the need to do it right the first time. Guy understand that good preparation results in a good build, free of errors.

Guy also shows a passion for helping others – he enjoys assisting other apprentices to upskill.

Guy’s commitment to the industry and day to day reliability, willingness to learn as well as understanding and adhering to site safety requirements all contribute to Guy being awarded the Master Builders SA’s Apprentice of the Year 2017 

Congratulations Mitchell Vickers

Apprentice of the Month - August 2018

Congratulations Mitchell Vickers

Why did you become an Apprentice?

I’ve always wanted to become a qualified carpenter and became an apprentice with Master Builders Association SA back in 2015. Carpentry offers a wide range of skills that can lead to multiple opportunities in the future. It also allows for a variety of experience in different trades and provides you with a life-long career.

What do you enjoy the most about being an Apprentice?

Being an apprentice in carpentry is by far the most rewarding trade as every day is different and every job has its challenges. I experience customer interactions and enjoy seeing them happy when the job is completed. I am currently in my 4th year of my apprenticeship and have had experience in both First and Second Fix carpentry, but have mainly focused on Second Fix. Later, I hope to gain qualifications in Business Management and to expand my knowledge in Carpentry.

What is your goal once you have completed your Apprenticeship?

After completing my apprenticeship, I plan to continue working with the company I am with if the opportunity is available. Using the skills I have gained throughout my apprenticeship I hope to build extensions/work on my house in the future.

It has always been a goal of mine to start up my own business at some point. I would like to mainly do second fix installations, as I feel there is more variety in that side of the trade.

Who would you like to thank?

I would like to thanks RTC Group for giving me such an awesome opportunity to start an apprenticeship. They offered me a position as an apprentice through the Master Builders Group training scheme. I would also like to thank them for putting trust in myself to carry out self-directed work and to ensure the yard is well stocked with materials. Also, I would like to thank the other guys on the team who have trained me and taught me the skills and theory I now know.

I would also like to thank Master Builders for allowing me to become an apprentice with such a well organised company. They have looked after me and are always making sure I am comfortable with my host.

Finally, I would like to thank my family for their continued support and encouragement throughout my apprenticeship.

What does safety mean to you?

We work in such a fast-paced and physically demanding industry that consists of a lot of moving parts. To ensure we all make it home safely at the end of the day it demands the highest level of safety at all times to keep not only ourselves, but those around us, out of harm’s way. Without a uniform understanding of the safety expectations the industry simply would not function. Put simply, to me, safety means us all working together to ensure that ourselves and our mates make it home each day unharmed.

Field Coordinator Comments:

It has been a pleasure being Mitchell’s Field Coordinator. Mitchell is a great communicator and very professional in all aspects of his work approach. He is hard working and always keen to take on new responsibilities. Mitchell has a passion for his work and has a great future ahead of him.

Commencement of Apprenticeship

10/08/2015

Current Host Employer

RTC Group

 

Congratulations Jai Freeman

Apprentice of the Month - July 2018

Congratulations Jai Freeman

Why did you become an Apprentice?
I became an apprentice with Master Builders because I was looking for a career that would provide me with skills and knowledge that I can transfer with me through life and use in numerous ways. I elected carpentry because of its broad range and incredible opportunities to work locally and abroad.

I have a passion for construction and the wide range of knowledge I am receiving on commercial sites.

What do you enjoy the most about being an Apprentice?
My favourite part about being an apprentice, especially in carpentry, is that two days are never exactly the same. The job has a vast amount of variety and every day brings its own challenges. The apprenticeship allows me to connect with and work alongside a wide range of trades and business people.

I have completed the first, second and almost my third year apprenticeship in first fix and second fix. I have enjoyed learning the skills involved in the carpentry trade. Moving forward, I would like to achieve further experience and I plan to complete some additional training that will enable me to gain further knowledge and experience within the carpentry field.

What is your goal once you have completed your Apprenticeship?
Upon completion of my apprenticeship I plan to work for SA Construct and to build a stable future for myself.

Who would you like to thank?
I would like to start by thanking Jarrad Morgan of SA Construct for assisting me to maintain my apprenticeship with Master Builders. I would also like to thank Suzanne Moore, my Field Coordinator for assisting and mentoring me through various stages with on and off-site training.

I would also like to thank my family for their continual support and encouragement throughout my apprenticeship.

What does safety mean to you?
We work in such a fast-paced and physically demanding industry that consists of a lot of progressing tasks. We all need to ensure we all make it home safely at the end of the day. This requires the highest level of safety and concentration at all times - not only to keep ourselves, but those around us safe. Without the understanding of safety expectations, the industry simply would not function. Safety means all of us working together as a team to ensure that ourselves and our work mates go home each day unharmed. A Take 5 Assessment is conducted daily to ensure a continual identification of hazards and risks are controlled prior to commencement on site.

Field Coordinator Comments:
Jai has consistently proven himself to be a hard working apprentice with a passion for learn new skills, and always motivates himself when on site.

Jai is great communicator with his host employer, fellow colleagues and all MBA staff. Always following MBA policies and procedures, he has mature approach in his workmanship.

Jai is always working to achieve and be the best he can be at his trade.

Commencement of Apprenticeship
18/09/2016

Current Host Employer
SA Construct

 

Congratulations John Foster

Apprentice of the Month - June 2018

Congratulations John Foster

Why did you become an Apprentice?
I became an apprentice with Master Builders because I was looking for a career that would provide me with skills and knowledge that I can carry with me through life and use in various ways. I chose carpentry because of its broad range and incredible opportunities to work locally and abroad.

What do you enjoy the most about being an Apprentice?
My favourite part about being an apprentice, especially in carpentry, is that no two days are ever the same. The job has an enormous amount of variety and every day brings its own challenges. The job also allows me to deal with and work alongside a wide range of trades and business people.
I have completed the first year and a half of my apprenticeship in first fix and have enjoyed learning the ins and outs of the trade so far, moving forward I would like to gain experience in second fix and decking and plan to complete some extra courses relating to the business side of the trade.

What is your goal once you have completed your Apprenticeship
Upon completion of my apprenticeship I plan to work for a year or two as a tradesman, gaining as much experience and knowledge as possible and hopefully saving enough to purchase my first home. Using the skills and knowledge I have gained through my apprenticeship I plan to renovate my house myself and carry out any maintenance or extensions in the future.
After working as a tradesman for a few years I plan to enrol and hopefully gain employment with the Metro Fire Service (MFS). All going to plan I would like to one day start my own carpentry business and on my days off from the MFS work on home renovations and extensions.

Who would you like to thank?
I would like to start by thanking George McQuinn of George McQuinn Carpentry (GMC)   for allowing me to complete work experience with him to see if the carpentry trade was something I would be interested in. He then also put me in touch with the necessary people that ultimately allowed me to obtain my apprenticeship with Master Builders.
Secondly I would like to thank Neil Dickson of Dickson Quality Construction for taking me on and putting his trust in me. He has shown me that a good work ethic, passion for the trade and a positive attitude can take you a long way and I am grateful for the incredible opportunity he has provided me.
Along with Neil I would like to thank my former fellow MBA apprentice, now tradesman, Jake for both showing great patience and understanding while teaching and guiding me through various stages and new tasks.
Finally I would like to thank my family for their continued support and encouragement for me throughout my apprenticeship.

What does safety mean to you?
We work in such a fast paced and physically demanding industry that consists of a lot of moving parts. To ensure we all make it home safely at the end of the day it demands the highest level of safety at all times to keep not only ourselves but those around us out of harm’s way. Without a uniform understanding of the safety expectations the industry simply would not function. Put simply, to me, safety means us all working together to ensure that ourselves and our mates make it home each day unharmed.

Field Coordinator Comments:
John has consistently proven himself to be a hard working apprentice with a passion to learn new skills and always pushes himself when on site. John is great communicator with his host employer, fellow colleagues and all MBA staff. John always follows MBA policies and procedures and has mature approach in his workmanship. He is a very approachable apprentice who will be very successful in whatever area he chooses to specialise in.

Commencement of Apprenticeship
15/11/2016

Current Host Employer
Dickson Quality Constructions

Photo from Left: Simon Smith from Banner Mitre 10 and John Foster

Congratulations Zach Franceschilli

Apprentice of the Month - May 2018

Congratulations Zach Franceschilli

Why did you become an Apprentice?
I became an Apprentice with Master Builders because I wanted a trade that would never die, (not in my time anyway). I also wanted an apprenticeship that would provide security and surety for the beginning years of my career and future and have a trade to fall back onto and a trade that will always have work. I wanted an apprenticeship that would help me develop my skills and better my attributes for the future and something that would mature me from coming out of school and prepare me for the real world.

What do you enjoy the most about being an Apprentice?
I have enjoyed many aspects of being an apprentice, I have enjoyed learning and developing my skills and being taken under the wing of many different tradesman and learning the different ways and different techniques that each individually have. Also, being able to work and earn a decent income and learn at the same time is also a great benefit of being an apprentice. I enjoy the residential side of the building industry as I can see the steps and see how different trades work and the steps that are taken to build a new home.

What is your goal once you have completed your Apprenticeship?
The end of my Apprenticeship is getting closer and closer, I will stay in the bricklaying trade for many years and whilst doing further study at Tafe SA doing my bachelor’s Degree in teaching and pursuing a career in design and technology (woodwork) teaching at a school or possibly teaching Bricklaying at a trade school is one of my main goals. I will also use my skills that I have learnt and build my own home and do all the bricklaying myself, that would be a life goal completion.

Who would you like to thank?
Firstly I would like to thank Steve Lolosidis and Rob Galsworthy at the team at Probuild Bricklaying for looking after me so well and teaching me everything that I know today, if it wasn’t for them I would not have developed my skills and would not be at the level where I would be today without them, their patience and understanding has got me where I am today and I couldn’t be more thankful for what they have done.
I would also like to thank the other tradesman for teaching me all the different skills and different tricks of the trade throughout my apprenticeship. Would like to thank my field coordinator Ben Morgan for looking after me and doing such a great job with all the apprentices, and also a big shout out and thank you to my family and partner for all the wonderful and loving support over my apprenticeship, I would not have done it without them either.

What does safety mean to you?
Safety to me means going to work and coming home safely, doing this we need to analyse and identify potential hazards on the work site, this applies to me and my co-workers. Work in a safely manor making sure every morning take that extra care to make sure the work area is safe and no hazards in the work environment.

Field Coordinator Comments:
Zach is a very mature apprentice who works above and beyond the expected level of what is required. He undertakes instruction well and also has the ability to undergo self-directed work. Zach is hardworking, punctual and a great communicator with both his host and MBASA. Zach always follows MBASA policies and procedures and is well respected in the MBA community. Zach has a fantastic future ahead of him and will be very successful in whatever path he choose to follow in the construing industry.

Commencement of Apprenticeship
6/1/2015

Current Host Employer
ProBuild (Bricklaying host)

Photo from Left: Zach Franceschilli and Simon Smith from Banner Mitre 10

Congratulations James Keizer

Apprentice of the Month - April 2018

Congratulations James Keizer

Hello, I’m James and I am a 2nd year Carpentry apprentice. I work for B&N Carpentry doing a mix of new residential and commercial work in the building industry.

Why did you become an apprentice?
I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a carpenter, so when an opportunity came up with the Master Builders I grabbed it with both hands.

What do you enjoy the most about being an apprentice?
Working with my hands and seeing the end result of my hard work at the end of a project.

What is your goal once you complete your apprenticeship?
Once I complete my apprenticeship, I would like to eventually start my own business and employ my own apprentices.  

What does safety mean to you?
Working in an environment that there are no hazards due to correcting them prior to starting your day.

Who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank my hosts Robert Billing, Simon Billing and Greg Nightingale for taking me on and training me up.  I would also like to thank Gareth for the nomination and the Master Builders SA for the opportunity to become an apprentice.

Field Coordinator Comments:
Since taking over as James’ Field Coordinator in March I have heard great things about James skills and his ability to take to tasks and complete them at a high speed and quality. I have received great feedback from his trade school teachers, supervisors and his host trainers.

Commencement of Apprenticeship:
30.5.2016

Current Host Employer
B&N Carpentry

Photo from Left: James Keizer and Simon Smith from Banner Mitre 10 

Congratulations Liam Fischer

Apprentice of the Month - March 2018

Congratulations Liam Fischer

Liam became a MBASA Apprentice because he wanted security within his apprenticeship and knew that a Group Training Organisation like Master Builders, would be the best way for his beginning years. Liam wanted to do an apprenticeship so that he could learn basic skills and work his way through learning more about his specific trade each day. For Liam, doing an apprenticeship means that he will have a trade qualification behind him for the rest of his life.

"I enjoy being an apprentice because I get to learn from all different tradesmen and they are willing to allow time for me to work and learn at the same time. I’m always interested in being shown different ways to complete tasks within the trade. I enjoy being an apprentice in the commercial side of the industry because I can see how buildings are built, designed and can see the final product."

"Once completing my apprenticeship I would like to go and do further study at university in Building Management/Estimating or Engineering. I would also like to start building my own house and continue learning new skills as I am now."

"I would like to thank Steve Noski at Piotto Interiors for giving me the chance to become an apprentice and for having such a good group of co-workers. I would like to thank my tradesmen who are helping me throughout my apprenticeship, my supervisors Josh, Tim and Luke, and my family for all the loving and caring support I get 24/7."

Safety is key for Liam and he makes sure to identify potential hazards before each task and always make sure that he is set up to work safe, constantly checking for hazards around his work site.

Liam is a very well respected apprentice within his host company. Liam is a respectful, mature and hardworking apprentice. Liam has a high skill level and regularly works beyond the standard expected at the current stage of his apprenticeship. Liam undertakes instruction well and also has the ability the undergo self-directed work. Liam always does his TAKE-5 form prior to commencing work, completes his profiling cards and maintains good communication. Well done Liam.

Photo from Left: Josh Daumann (Piotto Interiors Supervisor), Liam Fischer, George Fotopoulos (Banner Mitre 10)

Congratulations Angus Bell

Apprentice of the Month - February 2018

Congratulations Angus Bell

Angus Bell is a third year apprentice carpenter currently working for Richard Hayden Carpentry.

Angus became an apprentice because he tried university for a while and realised it wasn’t for him. Angus began to work with some family who are tradesman and really enjoyed the work.

Angus enjoys being outside every day and working in different locations. Angus also likes learning new techniques and problem solving tasks.

Angus would like to continue to do his second fix and eaves for a while eventually starting his own business and employing apprentices.

Angus would like to thank his Field Coordinator Gareth for the nomination and Richard Hayden for employing him for the past two years and training him well and trusting him to work independently on site. And thanks to Banner Mitre 10 for the $100 gift voucher.

Safety means that Angus gets to home every night uninjured and his future health is not at risk

Angus has shown that he is extremely competent carpenter over the past year. He is very reliable and follows instruction well. No doubt Angus will become and exceptionally good tradesman by the time he completes his apprentice and will have a very bright future in the building trade.

Congratulations Blake Zobel

Apprentice of the Month - January 2018

Congratulations Blake Zobel

Blake is a mature-age first year apprentice with Master Builders SA. Blake has had careers in various industries and was looking for a new and sustainable path. Having a trade qualification that will be useful for the rest of his career was also important.

Blake enjoys being in an industry where something is built from the ground up, or restored inside and out by professionals who he can learn from.

When qualified Blake would like to have my own small business & continue to expand on the skills he is currently learning.

"I would like to thank my host employers Geoff Fairweather and James Davies for giving me this opportunity, along with my family for supporting me and Master Builders SA for employing me."

Blake is a hardworking mature-aged Carpentry apprentice. He consistently does his daily “Take-5” form with great detail and attention to site safety hazards. He performs well on site and demonstrates a practical skill level beyond the expectation of a first-year apprentice. Blake is a great communicator and follows all of Master Builders SA’s policies and procedures and in doing so has been awarded Apprentice of the month for January.

Congratulations Sam Lee-Gunkel

Apprentice of the Month - December 2017

Congratulations Sam Lee-Gunkel

Sam is a 3rd year Carpentry Apprentice for Sakar Construction in the residential and commercial building industry.

Sam became an apprentice because he enjoys working outdoors and the satisfaction of seeing a finished project. With Sakar Construction he gets to work on a variety of different jobs and is gaining a wide range of skills

Sam would like to eventually start his own business.

"I would like to thank my Field Coordinator Gareth nominating me for apprentice of the month. Thank you to Darius Hashemi for employing me and spending the time training me to become a good carpenter."

"I would also like to thank my family for their support over the last three years."

Sam has a great work ethic and very solid carpentry skills. He takes on all tasks with great passion and strives to be the best apprentice carpenter he can be. Sam is one of the most reliable apprentices with completing his daily Take 5 and My Profiling. Sam has a big future ahead of him in the carpentry and building industry. 

Congratulations Allan Sorongon

Apprentice of the Month - November 2017

Congratulations Allan Sorongon

Allan is a third year painting and decorating apprentice and works for CB Painting Services in the commercial building industry.

Allan became an apprentice because he enjoys painting and likes the accomplishment of seeing the finished project.

Once he completes his apprenticeship, Allan would like to eventually start his own business and one day employ his own apprentices.  

"I would firstly like to thank Spencer Carter for taking me on as an apprentice and teaching me how to be a good tradesman. I would like to thank my Field Coordinator Gareth Hampshire, my host Lawrence Carter and my family for their support over the last three years."

Allan arrives on site with enthusiasm and really enjoys the work he does. He receives great feedback from his trade school teachers, supervisors and his host Spencer Carter. His host on numerous occasions has asked if we could clone Allan. Well Done Allan. 

Congratulations Andrew Adams

Apprentice of the Month - October 2017

Congratulations Andrew Adams

Andrew is currently working for Trewstone as a forth year bricklayer on commercial building sites.

He became an apprentice because he enjoyed working outside and with his hands.

 

Once he completes his apprenticeship Andrew would like to move into Site Management or Property Management.  

"I would like to thank my Field Coordinator Gareth Hampshire and all the staff at the Master Builders SA. I would also like to thank Mark at Trewstone for taking me on as an apprentice and being able to work with good quality tradesman."

Andrew has really flourished in his last year of his apprenticeship. Since moving to Trewstone, Andrew has excelled as a bricklayer, winning the South Australian Worldskills competition. Andrew competed against 12 other Bricklaying apprentices to walk away with the Gold Medal in his field. Congratulations Andrew!

Congratulations Kyle Clarke

Apprentice of the Month - September 2017

Congratulations Kyle Clarke

Kyle is a first year apprentice carpenter, currently working for Kolen Carpentry in their factory at Panorama and on commercial building sites.

Kyle became an apprentice because he enjoys working with his hands. And decided to do an apprenticeship because it appealed to Klye to to get paid to learn and earn a qualification at the same time.

"There are so many aspects of carpentry that I learn something new everyday."

"Once I complete my apprenticeship I would like to continue working my way up through the ranks into Site Management."

"I would like to thank my Field Coordinator Gareth Hampshire and everyone at Master Builders SA for making the start of my apprenticeship warm and welcoming. I would also like to thank Kolen Carpentry for providing me with an opportunity to become an apprentice and providing me with the training I need to become a skilled tradesperson."

 Kyle goes above and beyond at work and brings a desire and eagerness to learn everyday. Kyle has a passion for the industry and is extremely safety conscious, being the most consistent apprentice completing his daily Take 5.  Kyle has proven to be a very reliable and astute young man and will make a great tradesperson in the future.

Congratulations Matthew Ludwig

Apprentice of the Month - August 2017

Congratulations Matthew Ludwig

Having already completed his qualifications as a bricklayer Matthew was keen to further his skills and expand his knowledge of the building industry knowing this would help him achieve his goal to become a well-respected quality builder in Adelaide.

"I am constantly learning new skills and enjoy being able to use them on a daily basis. You get a lot of satisfaction when you can see the end product.

I am very proud to have been named AOM and would like to thank Master Builders and Steve Wheeler for his support. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Kemp Carpenters for the knowledge and experience I have gained whilst I have been with them."

Matthew has always enjoyed being hands on and create something out of nothing and seeing the end result and believes there is nothing better than being able to learn new skills and see hard work pay off! 

Matthew's ultimate goal is to be a well-respected and qualified builder in SA

Matthew came to Master Builders SA already qualified as a brick layer. Since joining our team as an apprentice chippy in March 2015 he has quietly got on with his work ticking the boxes for effort, appearance, correct PPE and willingness to follow new procedures. Matthew is  very focused of his goal to become an all-round builder. 

Congratulations Keegan Hogarth

Apprentice of the Month - July 2017

Congratulations Keegan Hogarth

Keegan is a third year apprentice carpenter, currently working for Broaden carpentry doing residential first and second fix carpentry.

Keegan became an apprentice because he wanted to learn how to build houses, after grewing up around carpentry with his dad who did small projects on their family home.

"I enjoy the physical aspects of working as carpenter, working outdoors and keeping fit. I also enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done."

"Once I complete my apprenticeship I would like to travel overseas using my carpentry skills to help fund my travelling."

"I would like to thank my parents for their support and I would also like to thank Mark Evans and Sean Emery from Broaden for their guidance and training while at work."

Keegan is a great apprentice, he is passionate about the work he does and has become an integral part of the Broaden Carpentry team. He is continuing to develop his skills as a carpenter and will be an excellent tradesman once he has completed his apprenticeship.

Congratulations Jake Flamank

Apprentice of the Month - June 2017

Congratulations Jake Flamank

Jake has nearly completed his forth year, and  still enjoys the work as much as he did when he first completed work experience with a family friend.

"I really enjoy working outdoors with my hands and viewing the finished frame with a feeling of practical achievement motivates me to do it again and again."

"I would like to thank Master Builders SA for the privilege of being awarded Apprentice of the month for June."

"Also, a big thank you to  my host Neil Dickson of Dickson Quality Constructions for the guidance, advice and skills to further my career in carpentry."

Post apprenticeship, Jake intend to stay with his host as a ‘tradie’ as the gang works well together.

Ultimately Jake hopes to use the skills he has learnt from his host Neil to start his own first fix framing business.

Over his 4 years with us Jake has not lost the love and enthusiasm he had for carpentry, indeed I think he is one of the few people I know who doesn’t have a job, rather, a hobby or a passion that earns him money. No greater example of this is the fact that on completion Jake will have had less than 5 sick days in four years.

Jake has been a pleasure to have as one of our apprentices and he has matured into a very competent young tradesman.

Congratulations Jayden Depinto

Apprentice of the Month - May 2017

Congratulations Jayden Depinto

Jayden is a third year Carpenter currently working for SA Construct, working on large scale commercial construction sites.

Growing up and going through school he really loved doing carpentry work and working with his hands. Jayden also enjoyed working in a team environment and thought there was no better way to bring those two things together than becoming an Apprentice carpenter.

"I like working in the construction industry as no two jobs are the same and I get to work and meet new people from day to day. I really enjoy getting stuck into my work and stepping back at the end of a job, feeling a sense of achievement that I’ve built something I can be proud of."

"Once I complete my apprenticeship I would like to stay with SA Construct and work as a tradesman, as they are a great company to work for. Further down the track I would like to work for myself running a small building and construction business with my twin brother."

"I would like to thank the Master Builders for the nomination of apprentice of the month and the support and guidance they have given me over the past two years working as an apprentice."

Jayden is an extremely safety conscious worker and believes that working safely means he can go to work and come home every day to see his loved ones and enjoy hanging out with his friends on the weekends. 

Congratulations Alex Brown

Apprentice of the Month - April 2017

Congratulations Alex Brown

Alex has a wide range of experience but found his niche with formwork.

He has been a steady apprentice and has embraced the opportunity to develop his skills and knowledge with a Certificate IV through Master Builders SA.

His intention is to stay with his current host when he completes and they are keen to keep him and he is now mentoring a new MBA SA apprentice at his host company. 

Alex said he is honoured to be MBA April Apprentice of the month.

"I have been an apprentice for nearly 4 years and having your hard work recognized for the second time is always a good feeling. I will strive to maintain the standard that MBA and Liftform have helped me achieve for the rest of my apprenticeship and for the years that follow."

Congratulations Jordan Cullen

Safety Award

Congratulations Jordan Cullen

Master Builders SA first-year Wall and Ceiling Apprentice, Jordan Cullen recently received a safety award from Built Construction.

When working on a Hindley Street development, Jordan noticed that a screw had penetrated some wires. Whilst others encouraged him to just remove the screw, Jordan knew better and alerted the builder.

The wire was tested by an electrician and not found to be live, however Jordan's diligence for safety was rewarded. Jordan's host employer is Piotto Interiors.  

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Master Builders SA Apprentices: Receiving CITB funding assistance.