Gorge’s apprentice of the year
CARPENTER John Head is carving out a career for himself as the indigenous apprentice of the Year largely due to his efforts helping build the Mossman Gorge Visitors’ Centre.
The 26-year-old chippy first got a job with B&N Cairns Contractors as a labourer before being offered an apprenticeship after eight months under the adult apprentice scheme.
The fourth-year apprentice still loves the job as though it was his very first day.
“I get to travel around to a lot of different places and doing a lot of different types of work,” he said.
“One of the best places I have worked on so far was the new Mossman Gorge centre because it is a state-of-the-art building with many unique designs and timbers being used in the construction and so I had to learn a whole lot of new skills as well as working with different types of hardwood.”
Boss Neil Taylor from Wonga Beach said John was an asset to the business.
“John has proved to be a very conscientious worker, has a great personality and is a good team leader and has a good rapport with our clients,” he said.
Mr Head was awarded his indigenous Apprentice of the Year award by Skill360 at a ceremony attended by about 400 other tradies and their bosses at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal waterfront venue.
Hard yakka: John Head