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2022 HIA Australian Apprentice of the Year

Partnered by Stratco

Winner: Brayden Burgess, PB Quality Constructions, Hunter

Hunter’s Brayden Burgess was recognised as the 2022 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice winner during the 2022 HIA–CSR Australian Housing Awards on 23 April, the accolade acknowledging his outstanding skill set and demonstrated potential in the industry.

Brayden has been hosted by PB Quality Constructions since the start of his carpentry apprenticeship in 2017. Brayden’s eagerness and motivation is praised by the judges and his host.

A high achiever in school, Brayden has continued his commitment to learning by taking on supervisory roles, completing his Certificate IV in Building & Construction, and gaining his Bachelor of Construction Management at university.

He is forward-thinking, loves a challenge and is an effective leader. He relates well with his colleagues and takes pride in a high standard of workmanship in his tasks.

Brayden’s ability to clearly articulate his achievements and industry goals impressed the judges. His communication skills, work ethic and attitude, make him a true asset to PB Quality Constructions.

The HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice award, partnered by Stratco, celebrates the achievements of future tradespeople and recognises excellent trade knowledge, quality building work and solid trade school results.

The award was named after Jim Brookes, an avid supporter of young people and their training in the industry, who worked with James Hardie in supporting the HIA Training Foundation while it was active.


Apprentice finalists

  • Bailey Greenwood | ACT & Southern NSW
  • Eric Latham | North Queensland
  • Thomas Clarke | Northern Territory
  • Luke Davis | New South Wales
  • Harrison Stewart | Queensland
  • Brett Ackland | South Australia
  • Bryce Fraser | Tasmania
  • Campbell Walliker | Victoria
  • Karl Baird | Western Australia

2022 HIA Australian Apprentice of the Year sponsor

2022 HIA Australian Apprentice of the Year sponsor Stratco