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HIA-Keystone Tasmania Apprentice Host Trainer

2021 HIA-CSR Tasmanian Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards

Winner: Rob Watchhorn - Blythe & Watchorn Builders

Rob decided it was either fishing or an apprenticeship in the building industry. Fortunately a chance placement with Fairbrother for two weeks steered him in the direction of construction. In 1988 Rob joined Tascon Constructions as an apprentice. On completion he established Blythe and Watchorn Builders and has been providing high-end residential renovations ever since. However, the other passion he has for industry is the reinvestment in the people side with 10 full time staff including 4 apprentices in various stages of completion. Rob has said “We all need to play our part to get kids and their parents thinking about construction, attract the best and create the pathways from schools into an apprenticeship. Building great relationships with Keystone and others will make all of these opportunities possible to deliver. The result being better opportunities for kids and a more highly skilled and motivated standard of apprentices”. Rob certainly leads by example and for this reason is HIA Tasmania Host Trainer of the Year.


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