Gympie man hammers the rest
GYMPIE builder Peter Bazzan has been named National Carpenter of the Year.
The owner of Stirling Homes was announced the winner on National Carpenter Day, July 20.
Mr Bazzan, 42, was flown to Melbourne for the main event held at Federation Square and to participate in the Carpenters Nail It Harder Challenge in which some of the country's best carpenters battled it out for the title of National Carpenter of the Year 2012.
He took home a $1000 Home Timber and Hardware voucher, a $500 travel voucher sponsored by Leading Edge Events, plus an AEG Powertool Pack worth $2370 and a Wood - Naturally Better prize pack.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said the event recognised that a career in a trade can be both personally and financially rewarding.
He said having a trade qualification opened up endless opportunities.
"Qualified tradesmen are in high demand by employers, and their skills are the key to Australia's future growth," Senator Evans said.
Mr Bazzan employs about eight apprentices as a business owner and is passionate about encouraging more Australians to take up the opportunity of an apprenticeship.
He was invited by Senator Evans to join Scott Cam, Kevin Sheedy, Renya Xydis, Neil Perry and Cameron Ling as an Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador to help spread the word about the value of a nationally recognised qualification.
The Australian Government is increasing the number of apprentices across the country to build a skilled and productive workforce in order to meet the challenges of a modern, diverse and prosperous economy.