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Apprentice of the Year

Partnered by Stratco

Apprentice of the Year

Partnered by Stratco

2021 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards | Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Luke Paparella, JK Ramage Builders, South Australia

South Australia’s Luke Paparella was recognised as the 2021 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice winner during the virtual 2021 HIA–CSR Australian Housing Awards on 30 July, the accolade acknowledging his outstanding skill set and demonstrated potential in the industry.

Known as a quiet achiever, Luke Paparella has shown himself to be a competent and confident carpenter during his apprenticeship with JK Ramage Builders. He has demonstrated a dedication for learning by completing additional training courses, including completing his Certificate IV in Construction while an apprentice.

Luke is a mature, thoughtful individual. Continuously looking to learn from more experienced tradespeople, he takes advantage of opportunities to hone his craft as a carpenter and develop essential leadership skills as he becomes more senior in his trade.

Judges remarked on Luke’s awareness of the role technology plays in the construction industry and how he leverages it to streamline his work practices.

The HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice award, partnered by Stratco, celebrates the achievements of our 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

  • ACT/Southern NSW: Thomas Roughton
  • Hunter: Bailey Farr
  • North QLD: Lachlan Royce
  • NSW: Mitchell Rose
  • QLD: Jayden Hoger
  • TAS: Dylan Coad
  • VIC: Jack Ahern
  • WA: Conor Murphy

2021 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice sponsor

2021 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice sponsor Stratco