Zavier Hobbs from DJ Hogan Builders, named MBA North West Apprentice of the Year.
By STEPHANIE AZZOPARDI
HORSHAM’S Zavier Hobbs has been named Master Builders Association North West Apprentice of the Year.
The fourth-year building apprentice was recognised for his achievements at a ceremony at Mildura.
Mr Hobbs started working with DJ Hogan Builders part time while in high school. After completing school he took on an apprenticeship full time.
Mr Hobbs said he was not expecting to win the award.
“I was pretty surprised but it was a pretty good feeling when I won,” he said.
Mr Hobbs had an interview in Robinvale last month and presented a portfolio of work.
Business owner Dean Hogan said the award was well deserved.
“Zave is a very hard working young fella,” he said. “He exceeds all work ethics. He’s always willing to work and I’ve never heard him complain. “He’s learning lots and becoming a good builder.”
Mr Hobbs is now in the running to win the state award, which will be decided later this year.
This is not the first time a DJ Hogan apprentice has won the award.
Sam Winfield won the award last year and was the state employer nominated apprentice of the year in 2013.
Mr Hogan said his apprentices’ achievements were not only a testament to their hard work, but to a hard working team.
“They have grown into great builders and they’ve also been taught by other workers,” he said.
“I feel very privileged to have an excellent team of employees who work for me.”
Zavier Hobbs being acknowledged with his nomination at the Master Builders Association Awards night in Melbourne.