Building impressive career

Thursday, 07 April 2016

A passion for hands-on work and architecture has earned Baldivis student Jayden Rowe a top honour at Challenger Institute of Technology’s Student Awards Ceremony.

The Certificate II in Building and Construction (trades - pathway) graduate was awarded the Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools Student of the Year Award on 6 April.

The ceremony recognised the achievements of more than 60 students from across the Institute, as well as five major award winners in the categories Aboriginal Student of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year and Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools Student of the Year.

Jayden (18), a former student at Kolbe Catholic College in Rockingham, completed his trades studies at Challenger Institute during his final year at school.

Selecting bricklaying as his trade preference, Jayden started the course with no prior knowledge or experience.

“I really enjoyed the course. I was shown new things and learnt new techniques, which was really helpful in my understanding of the trade,” Jayden said. 

“The hands-on nature of bricklaying is most satisfying as you get to immediately see the results of your hard work.”

Jayden’s career aspirations involve completing a bricklaying apprenticeship, pursuing further studies in architecture and eventually starting his own construction company.

Bricklaying lecturer Gordon Harrison said Jayden was a hard working student who demonstrated a natural aptitude to bricklaying.

“Jayden was a pleasure to teach and always completed his assessments on time with very little assistance required,” Mr Harrison said.

“His practical skills were outstanding and even resulted in Jayden achieving the highly regarded accolade of second place in the regional WorldSkills bricklaying competition last year.”

The 2015 Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools Student of the Year is proudly sponsored by MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre.


Photo – Challenger Institute’s 2015 Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools Student of the Year winner Jayden Rowe.

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