Paul is on a winning streak

Paul is on a winning streak

  • Published on Sunday 14 July, 2013
  • 3 min. to read


With all the Awards won and the achievements he has been recognised for during his building and construction apprenticeship, the pinnacle so far, according to Paul Tran, was meeting the Governor General when he was selected for the Group Training Association Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program.

“The Governor General is the top person in Australia,” explains Mr Tran. “It was good to see apprenticeships recognised by a person of that importance to the country.”

Mr Tran is in the running for another Award as a finalist for the 2013 Victorian Apprentice of the Year. These Awards recognise outstanding achievement and innovation in vocational education and training.

MEGT Consultant, Graeme Ingleton has supported Mr Tran on his career-journey from the time he applied to be a first year apprentice carpenter. “From the moment we saw how well he presented himself at interview stage, with a well thought-out resumé, we figured Paul was a go-getter,” explains Mr Ingleton.

“We employed Paul for the four years of his Certificate III in General Construction (Carpentry – Framework/ Form work/ Finishing) apprenticeship and placed him with some of the largest construction businesses in Australia, working on a wide variety of projects to give him a breadth of skills and experience.”

According to Mr Ingleton, watching Mr Tran’s progression and the recognition he has received along the way, has been personally rewarding. Now a qualified tradesman, Mr Tran has not stopped learning. Following on from his carpentry qualification, he is not only doing a Diploma of Building and Construction, he is also preparing himself for success in his own business by applying for the free Government Apprentice to Business Owner Program with MEGT Australia.

“The long hours and getting my work/life balance right while I did my apprenticeship have been worth it,” explains Mr Tran who has found his place in life in the building and construction industry.

“I’m really enjoying the variety of work; the high end joinery and fit outs, but I also enjoy the company of such good co-workers.”
Winners of the Victorian Training Awards will be announced on 6 September 2013.