Congrats to Andrew Hunter for winning the Best Overall Regional Painter

Eddie Vause, Andrew Hunter, Daniel and Tina Pendlebury

Eddie Vause, Andrew Hunter, Daniel and Tina Pendlebury

Congratulations to Andrew Hunter for winning the Best Overall Regional Painter at the Master Builders Apprentice Awards in Perth on Friday night.

Georgia Raven & Di Gilleland

Georgia Raven & Di Gilleland

Georgia Raven from Plunkett was a finalist for the Prestigious Ric New Medal.

Georgia is the youngest entrant to have ever been selected  for this award and is a credit to her at such a young age, so just watch this space.


Geraldton Apprentice the best of the bunch

Painting and Decorating Apprentice Andrew Hunter is this year’s Master Builders Regional Apprentice of the Year. 

This prestigious award was announced at the Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Awards in Perth on Friday 7 November.

The 23 year old who is now fully qualified started his apprenticeship in 2010 with Associated Painting Enterprises. 

Mr. Hunter tried a number of different trades in high school, eventually choosing painting because of the art and decorating aspect. 

According to Master Builders Training Director, Neil Du Rand, Andrew was a stand-out nominee who ticked all the selection criteria such as work and trade skills, personal attributes, ability to work unsupervised, a good relationship with other workers and competency in decision-making. 

“Andrew’s keenness to learn and strong work ethic made him a cut above the other nominees” Mr. Du Rand said. 

“Some of Andrew’s greatest strengths are his positive attitude and natural ability to perform under pressure.”

“With activity levels in the building industry being buoyant at the moment, Andrew is assured of a very bright future in pursuing his career as a painter”.

Mr. Hunter has already won a number of Master Builders Mid West Awards, including the 2014 Kevin Giudice Apprentice of the Year, the 2013 Master Builders Apprentice Encouragement Award and the 2012 Best First Year Apprentice for the Mid West region.

The Master Builders Regional Apprentice of the Year is determined from each of the best apprentices in regional WA. Andrew competed against Anthony Brien, carpenter from the South West; Jayde Ralph, electrician from the North-West and Bradley Mostert, Carpenter from the Great Southern.

Andrew won $350 and a framed certificate for his efforts, sponsored by the Construction Training Fund.