Jack Elliott awarded Apprentice of the Year

By Laura Briggs

At 22, Shepparton’s Jack Elliott has got more than just a qualification under his belt.

The recently-qualified carpenter was awarded Employer Nominated Apprentice of the Year for north-east Victoria through the Master Builders awards.

Mr Elliott was nominated by his employer The Apprenticeship Factory, which supported him throughout the course of his four-year apprenticeship, where he worked with a Shepparton-based company Moretto Building.

Mr Elliott summed up his apprenticeship as a significant chapter and a time of making his childhood dream of becoming a builder reality.

‘‘My whole life I wanted to be a builder,’’ he said.

After completing work experience in Year 10, it was at the end of Year 11 that Mr Elliott traded the textbooks for the tools. Since then, there has been no turning back for Mr Elliott.

‘‘The apprenticeship has been good to be able to learn all the different aspects of building,’’ he said.

‘‘My favourite thing about the job is standing back at the end of it and seeing what has been achieved.’’

With a passion which continues to grow, Mr Elliott’s long-term goal was to have a construction business of his own.

‘‘Hopefully one day I’ll have my own business.’’

He said the recent award was a milestone in his career and an exciting achievement.

The Apprenticeship Factory chief executive Paula Ryan was delighted to see Mr Elliott receive the award.

‘‘The Apprenticeship Factory is certainly very proud of Jack and the work he has completed through his apprenticeship. Jack has a great work ethic and has been dedicated to continually improve his skill.’’

Mr Elliot was one of three people in the north-east Victoria to win a Master Builders Apprentice of the Year award.

He now goes into the running to be selected as Apprentice of the Year for the state and, if successful, would then go on to a national level.