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Broome apprentices claim awards at WA Building Excellence awards

Two Broome apprentices have taken home three awards at the WA Builders Excellence Awards for the Kimberley and Pilbara.

H&M Tracey carpentry apprentices Brendon Roe and Chadwick Albert claimed the awards on Saturday, July 25, at a ceremony held at Zanders restaurant on Cable Beach.

Mr Roe took home the best indigenous apprentice award and Mr Albert took home the best second-year apprentice award.

Mr Albert’s award put him in the running for the overall best apprentice of the year award for the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, which he also won.

“Thanks to H&M Tracey for putting me up for the awards and for letting me build a good career with them,” Mr Albert said.

Mr Roe thanked his team and said he enjoyed his apprenticeship as he was able to learn a range of different skills in carpentry.

“We do roof carpentry, the wall frames and attach the sheet iron, so yeah it’s good we get to do a bit of everything,” he said.

“I’d like to thank H&M Tracey for putting me up for the award and everyone who has helped me during my apprenticeship so far.”

H&M Tracey supervisor Jerry Dawson said the two young men had bright futures in the building industry.

“They’re keen to work and learn, that’s the main thing,” he said.

“Chad wants to go into subcontracting and probably for H&M Tracey and will stay with us (H&M) and get a bit more experience.

“Ultimately if they really want to push themselves and go for their builders’ registration, they have the capabilities to go for it.

“You always need good builders in a place like this because there is a lot of transition, so people come and go but these boys are stable here.”

H&M Tracey also won best regional project for the Kimberley and Pilbara regions for constructing a new pre-primary building at St Mary’s College.

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