Challenger Institute of Technology student Corey Drake, of Warnbro, has been named the Master Builders Association (MBA) WA Most Outstanding Apprentice of the Year 2015.
The 20-year-old apprentice bricklayer was one of eight finalists and a record number of entries received from throughout the state to win the prestigious award.
Corey is in the second year of a Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying apprenticeship at Challenger’s Rockingham campus.
He said being nominated for the MBA Apprentice of the Year Awards was a huge personal achievement.
“To gain that recognition from such a massive building company made me incredibly proud,” Corey said.
“Furthermore, to be announced as overall winner is jaw dropping. I’m still pinching myself and thinking it could be all a dream.”
Corey, who has just over a year to go in his apprenticeship, commented that his studies at Challenger had aided him in the trade.
“I find the study component enjoyable; I particularly like the hands-on nature of the course and the facilities and lecturers at the Rockingham campus are excellent.”
Challenger Institute program manager building and automotive Hayley McBride said Corey was a very deserving winner of MBA WA’s Most Outstanding Apprentice of the Year.
“Corey started in the trade with no bricklaying background and has excelled in not only each unit of competency but also in his overall approach and commitment to the trade,” Ms McBride said.
“Corey has an excellent work ethic and shows a keen interest to develop his skills and knowledge of the units he is learning.
“I know he will have a very successful career in the construction industry.”
Last year Corey was awarded the Rotary Club of Applecross Cooper Bromwell Award for Best First Year Apprentice. Additionally, earlier this year he represented Challenger and the state in the 2015 Worldskills Competition.
Corey said his short term plans are to finish his apprenticeship and try to learn as much as he can before going out on his own.
“I would love to do some more studies later on and improve my position in the building trade to a supervisor and eventually get my builders ticket.”
Corey is employed by Scott Cleary Bricklaying.
Photo: Corey with his award.