Proof that successful careers are built on solid apprenticeship foundations

Proof that successful careers are built on solid apprenticeship foundations

Since 1962 Rintoul Joinery and Fitout has carved out its place as a market leader in high-quality custom joinery, fitout, and refurbishment work. With a manufacturing facility that extends over 8000m2, Rintoul can deliver the highest quality projects.

Since 2001, Master Builders and Rintoul have worked together to support and develop carpentry and shop fitting apprentices and build our next generation of tradespeople. In the last 10 years, an impressive 31 Master Builders Apprentices have completed their apprenticeships with Rintoul. Many of them have gone on to successful careers in construction, including 7 who are still employed at Rintoul today. They are Joshua Perritt (Site Supervisor), Blake Dwyer (Site Leading Hand), Scott Shepherd (Setout drafter), David McShane (Leading Hand Joiner Shop), Brock Herod (Site Carpenter), and Tiaa George (Setout drafter).

It is no surprise that the opportunities that Rintoul provides apprentices have seen them as a much sought-after Host Employer for Master Builders Apprentices. The chance to build a career with one of Australia’s leading interior fit-out and joinery businesses and to be part of a giant global construction conglomerate (Rintoul is a subsidiary of Bouygues Batiment International through AW Edwards, Australia) is a significant draw card for apprentices just starting on their career journey.

With a strong focus on attracting and retaining more women into the Building and Construction industry, Rintoul and Master Builders and been working hard to provide opportunities to grow female participation. This year, for the first time, Rintoul has taken on more female than male apprentices in their annual intake. Four out of the seven apprentices are females. Female participation in the industry is growing and that is good for everyone.

Having just celebrated thirty years with Rintoul, Ben Naylor, Executive Director, is proud of the progress made with Master Builders. “For us, it’s about finding the right apprentices, the ones that are eager to learn and show attention to detail. We have been incredibly lucky with the quality of apprentices we have. So, for me, it’s a no-brainer to keep encouraging more women to join this dynamic industry,” says Ben.

Tiaa George is one such example. Before her apprenticeship, she worked in retail and residential construction. Tiaa then started a Carpentry apprenticeship with Master Builders and was placed with Rintoul as her Host Employer – she’s never looked back. Having completed her apprenticeship, she is now a Setout Drafter for Rintoul and is proof of the diverse career pathways an apprenticeship provides.

“Once I learned how to build, I became very interested in drafting to be able to show others how to build. Now, thanks to Rintoul, I get the best of both worlds. Sometimes, I am out with our CNC operators, and other times at a computer drawing what needs to be built. No two days are ever quite the same and that is just the way I like it,” says Tiaa.

There is very little Ben Naylor doesn’t know about the industry, and he is pleased to see the industry embracing diversity. “It is fantastic to see more and more women joining the construction industry. Organisations like Master Builders have long since supported and championed women in the industry and increasingly there are state and federal government initiatives that are actively looking at programs to support getting more females employed in building and construction.”

“In my experience, the apprentices we have had, bring a good work ethic and communication skills to the office and change the dynamic of a historically very male-dominated workplace. It’s a varied industry that requires a raft of different and complementary skills. I am pleased that more women are encouraged to join,” says Ben.

Jody McGann, Master Builders General Manager of Education & Apprenticeships says, “For those of us in the industry that are working hard to encourage female participation, we are delighted to recognise Rintoul’s commitment to changing the face of the industry. Rintoul has long been an important and valuable client of Master Builders and it is fantastic to see Ben and the team leading the way in this area.”

“Supporting women to enter the building industry is at the heart of what we do at Master Builders. The Women in Construction program is a fantastic opportunity to encourage females to start a career in our industry. We aim to open up options for females who may not have considered it an industry for them and to help them transition into a rewarding career. The more visible women are in the industry and the more we can highlight their great stories and journeys, the more others will be able to find those connections that will encourage them to take those first steps in a career in construction. And Master Builders will be here to support them every step of the way,” she continues.

With its reputation as a market leader, Rintoul expects the very best from its employees and apprentices and invests heavily in ensuring they are well-trained, well-supported, and well-managed, with long and fruitful careers in front of them, just like our four current apprentices.

Four female Master Builders apprentices hosted at Rintoul Joinery and Fitout. Pictured from left to Right: Carla Vilches 3rd year Shopfitting & Joinery apprentice, Kaylee Coughlin 2nd year Shopfitting & Joinery apprentice, Charlotte Ancell 1st year Shopfitting & Joinery apprentice, Tahlia Bowers 1st year Shopfitting & Joinery apprentice, together with Candice Arnall, Master Builders Women in Construction Career Pathways Officer.

If you would like more information about the pathways to a career in construction, you’ll find Master Builders at career expos, schools, and school events. Email our Careers Officer


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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.


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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.