In front of an audience of industry leaders and home-building consumers, the highest honours in the residential building industry were presented recently at the 2022 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards.
HIA Hunter, Executive Director, Craig Jennion, congratulated Hunter finalist Brayden Burgess who was recognised as the 2022 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice winner. The accolade acknowledges his outstanding skill set and demonstrated potential in the industry.
Brayden has been hosted by PB Quality Constructions since the start of his carpentry apprenticeship in 2017. Brayden’s eagerness and motivation is praised by the judges and his host.
Talking about the award Brayden said; “I was so pleased to just be a finalist and it’s a fantastic honour to be recognised in this way. Entering the award was a great opportunity to show off my skills and what I have learnt from my employer as well as colleagues past and present.”
A high achiever in school, Brayden has continued his commitment to learning by taking on supervisory roles, completing his Certificate IV in Building & Construction, and gaining his Bachelor of Construction Management at university.
He is forward-thinking, loves a challenge, and is an effective leader. He relates well with his colleagues and takes pride in a high standard of workmanship in his tasks.
His goals for the future are high; “In the coming years I’d like to stay with my employer and continue to supervise, estimate, and learn new skills. After that I would like to consider opening my own business and expand into commercial work using my degree in construction management,” he said.
Brayden’s ability to clearly articulate his achievements and industry goals impressed the judges. His communication skills, work ethic, and attitude make him a true asset to PB Quality Constructions.
The HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice award, partnered by Stratco, celebrates the achievements of future tradespeople and recognises excellent trade knowledge, quality building work, and solid trade school results.
The award was named after Jim Brookes, an avid supporter of young people and their training in the industry, who worked with James Hardie in supporting the HIA Training Foundation while it was active.
IMAGE | 2022 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprenticeship Winner, Brayden Burgess.
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