In Summary

Two Swinburne University of Technology building students, Keegan Whitbourn and David Vastbinder, have won awards at the Master Builders Association of Victoria Apprentice of the Year Awards in Melbourne.

Keegan, who completed a Certificate III in Carpentry in 2014 and is employed by Marshall Pro Carpentry, was awarded Carpentry Apprentice of the Year.

“I was pretty shocked by the win! It was great to be appreciated by both Swinburne and my employer for the hard work I’ve been doing,” Keegan said.

“The course at Swinburne gave me great foundational skills that I’ve been able to build on while completing my apprenticeship.”

Keegan intends to keep working hard and hopes to eventually start his own business, and one of his teachers, Robert Brodie, is confident that he has a bright future ahead of him.

“I was very pleased to hear the news of Keegan’s award. He is a terrific young man with a passion for his trade,” Mr Brodie said.

“The award is a fantastic endorsement of our teaching practices, but it also reflects the effort Keegan has put into his schooling. I have no doubt that his success will continue.”

The event was also a success for David Vastbinder, who was awarded Diploma Student of the Year.

The Master Builders Association of Victoria Apprentice of the Year Awards is an industry-nominated event that recognises high-achieving building apprentices from around the state of Victoria.