Passing the mantel: when the apprentice becomes the teacher

Passing the mantel: when the apprentice becomes the teacher

Carpenters supervisor and apprentice

At Master Builders, we take pride in knowing that our apprentices do reach their career goals in the industry. It is extra special when our apprentices take what they have learned and pass it on to help the next generation of apprentices reach their potential.

Carpenter Billy Tao was once a Master Builders Apprentice. He completed the Certificate III in Carpentry in 2020. Today, he is a Training Supervisor to Master Builders 3rd-year Carpentry apprentice Adam Ruben.

Both Billy and Adam are working as a team on a residential construction site in Vaucluse. It’s an addition and renovation project for our Host Employer Locagroup Building and Maintenance Pty Ltd.

We caught up with them onsite to find out more about the Carpentry circle of life, and the role that Master Builders has had in both of their careers.

Billy, tell us about how you approach being a Training Supervisor?

“I learned from different foremen during my apprenticeship. I learned the different ways each team works, their efficiencies and how they move the project forward. I take the best of what I learned and use it in my current role. I view my supervisory role as making sure the job is completed to schedule. And at the same time helping my apprentice Adam become a quality Carpenter.”

Billy, tell us about your own Master Builders apprenticeship experience from those years ago?

“It was fun! I was learning every day and I was always encouraged to push myself to improve. That’s why I know it’s important to give Adam lots of opportunities to get stuck in and do carpentry work. I teach him about efficient ways to approach tasks and offer him plenty of feedback to help him be his best. In return, Adam helps me by keeping the workflow going when I’m busy with paperwork. We make a good team and it’s satisfying to see his quick development onsite.”

Adam, tell us about your Master Builders apprenticeship experience?

“I was doing contract work previously for other builders and I was always interested in construction and design. So, the decision to start my apprenticeship to gain my Carpentry qualification was an easy one. Master Builders helped me find a suitable builder to work with, and I am grateful to be here with Billy supervising and teaching me on-the-job. I really feel like Master Builders did all the hard work for me to get started”.

Adam, tell us about your favourite part of the job?

“I enjoy all aspects of the job, because in the end, all the hard work goes in to building something beautiful. But one of favourite parts about the job, and something Billy has taught me, is that this is a job that requires problem-solving. It makes you think all the time about how you can accomplish overcoming challenges on the go”.


With continued support from his Host Employer Locagroup Building and Maintenance Pty Ltd
and the on-the-job training with Billy, we wish Adam all the best in completing his Carpentry apprenticeship. This is only just the beginning of his career in building and construction. Not only is this a career, for many this is a way of life.

In the near future, we hope to see qualified Carpenter Adam passing on his skills to a new breed of Carpentry apprentices, encouraging and helping them reach their potential. If you would like to know more about how Master Builders can help you with a career in building and construction, or if you are thinking about taking on an apprentice visit our website, or call us on 02 8586 3588.


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This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between Master Builders Association of NSW Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (MBANSW) and you.

MBANSW is the registered Group Training Organisation and Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906 (Master Builders)

“You”, “your” and “Host Employer” refer to you, your company and business nominated in the table below.

This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between MBANSW and you.

Direct Debit Terms and Conditions

  • Your nominated account or credit card will be debited weekly for hosting a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee.
  • The first debit to your account will occur within 7 working days of the MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee commencing their placement with your business.
  • If an invoice payment is due on a non-business day, it will be debited from your account on the following business day.
  • Host Employer account information held by MBANSW will be kept confidential. Please note that some information is provided to the MBANSW financial institution to initiate the debit to your nominated account.
  • MBANSW will give you a minimum of 14 days’ notice in writing of changes to these Terms and Conditions.
  • If you wish to make changes to this arrangement, please contact MBANSW on (02) 8586 3533.

Your responsibility in this arrangement

  • Ensure that your nominated account can accept direct debits (your financial institution can confirm this).
  • Ensure there are sufficient cleared funds in the nominated account on the drawing date.
  • Advise MBANSW in writing if the nominated account is transferred or closed.

Please note that if your payment is dishonoured by your financial institution, a re-draw will take place within 7 days.

Any transaction fees payable by MBANSW in respect to a dishonoured payment will be added to your account.


Please direct all enquiries to MBAS (02) 8586 3533 or;

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I/We authorise MBANSW to arrange for funds to be debited from my/our nominated account at the financial institution identified below.

This authority to direct debit will remain in place in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.