Gorge’s ap­pren­tice of the year

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

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

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