Australian Apprentice of the Year Award

With only 38 days to go until the 2013 Australian Training Awards Scott Phillips and Michael Treloar are representing the construction industry

Scott Phillips

From: South Australia

Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry

Employer: Redden Bros Pty Ltd

Training Provider: TAFE SA

A childhood holiday with his uncle spent working on small projects instilled a passion in Scott for carpentry and building.

While in Year 10 Scott obtained an Australian School-based Apprenticeship with a local builder, which led to him winning the South Australian Training Awards 2010 School-based Apprentice of the Year Award.

In April this year, Scott completed his Australian Apprenticeship in carpentry with Redden Bros Pty Ltd, and has recently undertaken an Australian Apprenticeship in engineering (fabrication trade) with the company.

His experience working for different builders has enabled him a broader perspective of the industry and he would like to continue his studies and undertake qualifications in building management with the goal of opening his own construction company.

Michael Treloar

From: Northern Territory

Qualification: Certificate III in Plumbing

Employer: Fred NT P/L Trading as Tayler Excavations

Training Provider: Charles Darwin University

Michael Treloar says he never gets bored working as a plumber as he’s always in different spaces and places. In his four years in the trade, Michael has worked on major projects in remote communities and major urban centres, being involved in standard plumbing tasks to operating road trains and fabricating equipment.

Winning Charles Darwin University’s ‘most outstanding third year plumbing apprentice’ award motivated Michael to enter the Northern Territory Training Awards.

Michael enjoys mentoring new Australian Apprentices and has often taken a lead role in training on the job. He is committed to ensuring a safe workplace and work practices, as plumbing is a high risk industry, and leads by example in demonstrating and teaching correct procedures.

Remote work holds a particular appeal for this second generation Northern Territory local, who is often found fishing during his down time. The skills, knowledge and networks Michael gained during his Australian Apprenticeship has helped him build his own home in Darwin.

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