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National Carpenters’ Day reveals Australia’s best

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SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research


23 July 2012

National Carpenters’ Day reveals Australia’s best

Some of Australia’s best carpenters have used National Carpenters’ Day to battle it out for the title of the nation’s carpenter and apprentice carpenter of the year.

The Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, said the event at Melbourne’s Federation Square on Friday recognised that a career in a trade can be both personally and financially rewarding.

“Having a trade qualification can open up endless opportunities,” Senator Evans said.

“Qualified tradesmen are in high demand by employers, and their skills are the key to Australia’s future growth.”

Peter Bazzan, 42, from Gympie in Queensland was named National Carpenter of the Year. Peter has employed around eight apprentices as a business owner and is passionate about encouraging more Australians to take up the opportunity of an apprenticeship.

Twenty seven year old Paul Tran, a former police officer turned carpentry apprentice from Diamond Creek, Melbourne, was named National Apprentice Carpenter of the Year.

“Both Peter and Paul are examples of the opportunities that an apprenticeship can bring,” Senator Evans said.

“Regardless of your age or background, it’s never too late to change professions.

“An Australian Apprenticeship is a perfect way to kick-start a new and exciting career.”

Paul is currently helping build Australia's first, and the world's tallest, residential cross laminated timber structure.

“The career change gave me a better lifestyle,” Mr Tran said.

“Instead of shift work, I now work day-time hours. Carpentry also gives me skills I can use in everyday life - if I want to renovate at home in the future.”

Senator Evans has invited Mr Tran and Mr Bazzan to join Scott Cam, Kevin Sheedy, Renya Xydis, Neil Perry and Cameron Ling as Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors and help spread the word about the value of a nationally recognised qualification.

The Gillard Government is investing more than $1.2 billion in 2012-13 in the Australian Apprenticeships system including initiatives to boost apprentice completion rates and to help employers overcome critical skill shortages.

“The Australian Government is working hard to build a skilled and productive workforce - increasing the number of Australian Apprentices is central to ensuring we have a workforce that can meet the challenges of a modern, diverse and prosperous economy,” Senator Evans said.

More information about Australian Apprenticeships is available at or phone 13 38 73.

Senator Evans’ Media Contact: Amy McKenna 0408 570 603