BRYCE Conheady grew up with a hammer in his hand and now has a major award for earning a living the same way.
The Preston Windows and Joinery employee won the best final year joinery apprentice title and the chairman’s award at last week’s Ballarat Master Builders’ Association (MBA) awards.
Mr Conheady will go on to compete in the state MBA finals in Melbourne this May, after completing his apprenticeship through Westvic Staffing Solutions’ group training service last October.
From a young age it seemed a career in carpentry and joinery was always on the cards for the Warrnambool man.
“I grew up with a hammer in my hand and always wanted to work in this field,” he said. “I love it. There’s something different to do and a new challenge every day.”
Westvic Staffing Solutions group training field officer Anthony Smith said Mr Conheady was a model apprentice.
“He displayed leadership and management skills throughout his apprenticeship and he has always been very passionate about his trade,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Conheady said he had stepped his work up to another level since completing his apprenticeship last year.
“Anthony was always here checking on me to make sure everything was going all right,” he said.
“It has given me more responsibility now I’m fully qualified.”
Host employer Chris Preston from Preston Windows and Joinery, said Mr Conheady had an excellent attitude towards his chosen career and was always very willing and eager to learn.
“Bryce gets involved with the job in hand, he always offers suggestions and has a conscientious work ethic. I am very proud of what Bryce has achieved. He has worked hard and certainly deserves this,” Mr Preston said.
The state awards will be announced on May 9.