At Master Builders we are celebrating our Talented Apprentices: Tyler Barker, Shyarna Lomas, and Jemma Lawson. We are proud to announce that they are finalists in The Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT (AEN NSW & ACT) Awards 2022. Each year the AEN NSW & ACT Awards recognise outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector. The awards event is a celebration of apprentices, trainees, host employers and group training organisations.
At Master Builders we are proud of our reputation for training and fostering the best apprentices in the business. We take this opportunity to congratulate our apprentices on their success at making it into the finals for the 2022 awards.
- Tyler Barker for Apprentice of the Year
- Shyarna Lomas for Trainee/Apprentice of the Year- Woman in Non-Traditional Trade
- Jemma Lawson – Pooley Dowling Award
We would like to share with you a little bit about each of our finalists.
Tyler Barker commenced his Master Builders carpentry apprenticeship in May 2018 and very quickly established himself as a valuable member of the ADCO construction team. Tyler sets himself apart from his peers with a positive and proactive attitude to learning. With the ability to learn new skills quickly, he demonstrates leadership qualities. Tyler has an inquisitive mind and was keen to learn all he could about not only the hands-on aspects of commercial building construction but about all aspects of managing and delivering large-scale building projects.
Tyler was recently awarded the ADCO Constructions Young Achiever award recognising his talents and contributions to the ADCO team.
With his apprenticeship now completed and the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry qualification under his belt, Tyler has his sights set on expanding his skills and responsibilities. He is keen to take on a leading-hand role and move through to a future Foreman role with ADCO.
Shyarna (Shy) Lomas commenced with Hutchinson Builders (Hutchies) as a second-year carpentry apprentice in August 2020. Shy has been described by her host employer as a motivated team member with a positive drive to excel in her trade. Shy has shown a keen interest in working through the Master Builders Apprenticeship in conjunction with the Hutchinson Builders ‘Future leaders’ program.
The construction industry can be a challenging environment for women, and with Shy rising above the stereotypes of the industry, she has managed to successfully make it into the 4th year of her apprenticeship. Being a young, indigenous female, she is well deserving of being a finalist in this category – woman in a non-traditional trade.
Shy is a proud Gamilaraay descendant and was born on Eora Nation/Gadical lands. She takes her heritage and her responsibilities as an ambassador not only to her aboriginal community but as a woman in the construction industry very seriously. She actively encourages others to get out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves to something new and exciting.
Shy has participated in Master Builders International Women’s Day 2022 activities and Master Builders NAIDOC Week 2022 celebrations to further support and promote more women and indigenous people to consider careers in Construction.
Shy has expressed a keen interest in progressing her career into a Management role with Hutchies.
Jemma Lawson commenced her carpentry apprenticeship in April 2019 with Grindley Construction Pty Ltd. Jemma is not afraid to speak out if she believes there is a better way of doing something or if a job is being completed to an unacceptable quality or safety standard. She actively participates in creating a safety culture and is involved in completing site safety walks for Grindley.
In 2021, Jemma was recognised for her skills and commitment to her apprenticeship when she received the Master Builders Association of NSW 3rd Year Apprentice of the Year Award.
Jemma is a fantastic ambassador for encouraging women into the building and construction industry. She has given her time to participate in a Women in Trade 2020 Video promoting opportunities for women in the industry and to participate in Master Builders International Women’s Day 2022 promotions.
Grindley has also reported an unexpected and very welcome benefit from having Jemma join their team. She has contributed to improving the overall culture on site which has resulted in Grindley attracting more female subcontractors to their projects.
After completing her apprenticeship, Jemma is looking forward to working towards a Foreman role. She has recently enrolled in the Master Builders CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction to assist her with her long-term career goals.
Winners will be announced at the dinner award ceremony to be held on Friday 14 October 2022 in Darling Harbour.
We congratulate Tyler, Shyarna, and Jemma on their success so far and wish them luck!