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2023 HIA-Stratco WA Apprentice of the Year Awards

Media release

2023 HIA-Stratco WA Apprentice of the Year Awards

Media release
Carpentry apprentice, Justin Williams, has been named 2023 HIA-Stratco WA Peter Stannard Apprentice of the Year at the HIA-Stratco Apprentice of the Year Awards held at Moana Hall tonight, Friday 4 August.

The awards celebrate the best of WA apprentices within the residential building industry, and recognises the outstanding trade knowledge, quality workmanship, presentation, and trade school results of our future industry leaders.

Justin (24) from Alkimos was also named 4th year Apprentice of the Year and was recognised for his excellent work ethic, punctuality, and dedication in addition to his technical skills.

HIA WA Executive Director, Michael McGowan said Justin represented everything the industry needs from its emerging tradespeople and leaders. 

“The judges were impressed with Justin's initiative and problem-solving skills to find timely resolutions onsite, his leadership qualities, communication, professionalism, and positive attitude. 

“Not only is Justin an exceptional tradesperson, excelling in various tasks beyond carpentry and gaining diverse experience during his apprenticeship, but he has drive, passion, and a vision of what he wants to bring to the industry.

“His long-term goal is to establish his own business providing apprenticeships to young indigenous and disadvantaged individuals, providing a pathway and empowered future in the residential building industry,” said Mr McGowan.

Justin’s employer, Michael Morris of Woodleigh Home Improvements, said he was absolutely thrilled with Justin’s achievement.

“He started with no construction experience and lacked confidence in his own ability, but in just four years has developed competency above industry standard and has grown to be an exceptional and confident tradesman,” said Mr Morris.

“In a period of severe trade shortages, it is encouraging to see the next generation of the building and construction industry coming through and being recognised for their achievements,” said Mr McGowan.

“Apprenticeships provide an important and valuable pathway for many people and HIA are committed to supporting and nurturing those coming through the ranks,” he said.

The HIA-Stratco Apprentice Awards recognise apprentices across trade disciplines and stages of training. Other outstanding winners on the night included:

Award Recipient Trade Host/employer
1st year Apprentice of the Year David Paulin Cabinet Maker ABN Training & The Maker 
2nd year Apprentice of the Year Finn Dau Carpentry ABN Training
3rd year Apprentice of the Year Zinzan Gregson Carpentry HIA & Apex WA Carpentry Solutions
Excellence in Endeavour Caleb Browne Plumbing ABN Training & Boeing Plumbing
High Commendation Aaron Scott Carpentry ABN Training & Swan Carpentry
Host Trainer Jethro Urwin Carpentry Apex WA Carpentry Solutions

“The high calibre of finalists this year demonstrated the type of qualities that will see them go on to have long and successful careers in this industry and set an incredible example for generations to come,” said Mr McGowan.

“Successful apprenticeships rely heavily on the support, nurturing and training provided by the host, so it is also important to recognise all the time and effort that these people and businesses put in.

“Congratulations to Jethro Urwin from Apex WA Carpentry Solutions for winning Apprentice Host Trainer of the Year.

“Jethro is acknowledged as a great boss and mentor, leading a team of four apprentices and was also awarded the 2023 Australian Host Trainer of the Year at the HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards in May,” said Mr McGowan.

“The residential housing industry plays an important part in the development of our state, not only building homes, but providing an important training ground and range of exciting careers.

“HIA thank all the apprentice entrants and their host trainers, congratulate the winners and recognise the outstanding contribution that all make to the development of our industry,” concluded Mr McGowan.

View all the winners

For more information please contact:

Michael McGowan

Executive Director - Western Australia
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