Alfredton apprentice takes out best in state

Double victory: Carpentry apprentice Steve Butler receives his awards for State Apprentice of the Year and Regional Apprentice of the Year.

Double victory: Carpentry apprentice Steve Butler receives his awards for State Apprentice of the Year and Regional Apprentice of the Year.

An Alfredton carpentry apprentice has proved himself the best in the state twice over at this year’s Master Builders Association of Victoria awards.

Steven Butler received both the State Apprentice of the Year and Regional Apprentice of the Year awards at a Docklands ceremony last Friday. 

The 25-year-old will go on to represent Victoria at the annual Excellence in Building and Construction Awards in Hobart this November. 

Master Builders chief executive officer Radley de Silva praised Mr Butler for his “hand-on” approach to his work.

“Steven told us he always wanted a hands-on career, and once he pursued carpentry he never looked back,” he said.

“It’s edifying to see this pool of building talent among our Victorian apprentices every year.

“Ours is the fastest-growing state, and these are the builders who will serve our communities in the years to come. The challenge, as always, is selecting just one winner.”

Mr Butler’s aim is to become a registered builder. He currently attends Skills Training Victoria and works for Bomitali Constructions. 

“Steven shows commitment and drive in his work, and he has a particular appreciation of older homes and the challenges they present,” Mr de Silva said.

“He realises that being a good builder is about mastering both manual and communication skills, and he feels a sincere debt of gratitude to his boss for the opportunities afforded him.”