BEST BUILDER: Apprentice claims state honour

Carpentry apprentice Hamish Rose, left, says he has thoroughly enjoyed developing his skills under employer Apollo Bay builder Peter Tripp. Mr Rose won a State Apprentice of the Year honour last week.

Carpentry apprentice Hamish Rose, left, says he has thoroughly enjoyed developing his skills
under employer Apollo Bay builder Peter Tripp. Mr Rose won a State Apprentice of the Year honour last week.

AN AWARD-WINNING Apollo Bay apprentice carpenter says the best part of his job is seeing the results at the end of each day.

Hamish Rose, 28, grew up at Ballarat and began his carpentry apprenticeship with Tripp Building three years ago while attending trade school at Federation University.

He had previously travelled overseas and done building work for indigenous communities in South Australia and completed a construction degree at Melbourne’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

“Originally, I enjoyed the idea of building people homes but I got the passion through the last three years I guess,” he said.

“It’s a pretty rewarding job, there’s an end result to each day really, and you can see something you’ve done.”

The Master Builders Association of Victoria named Mr Rose as State Apprentice of the Year and Regional Apprentice of the Year for 2016 at a ceremony in Melbourne on Friday night.

Mr Rose was eligible for the honour after he won Apprentice of the Year for the Ballarat region earlier in the year.

He will now contest the National Apprentice of the Year award, which Master Builders Australia will present at Parliament House in Canberra on November 24.

“If I could say what happened last week and throughout the last few years three years ago, I would have pinched myself.

“It’s hard work but it’s work I enjoy, so it’s nice to be rewarded for something I enjoy and like.”

Employer Peter Tripp said Mr Rose “wanted to learn those basic fundamentals on a grassroots level” when he took him on as an apprentice three years ago.

He said he was immensely proud of Mr Rose’s achievements and he “ticked all the boxes” as a reliable and enthusiastic apprentice.

“He’s straight up honest, he’s keen to learn, he buys gear, and he’s always asking questions and always wanting to know what’s going on.

“He’s ticked all the boxes and he’s an all-round good bloke.”

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