Shaun takes out top honours – twice!

Shaun takes out top honours – twice!

  • Published on Monday 25 July, 2016
  • 2 min. to read


MEGT apprentice and Wiradjuri man Shaun Gordon recently took out two top honours, being awarded NSW TAFE Western Aboriginal Apprentice of the Year and the NSW Regional Training Awards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.

Painting and decorating wasn’t always Shaun’s dream job but when he decided to leave school after year 10, his career advisor guided him towards an apprenticeship.

He’s now been an apprentice painter with Dubbo-based business Wayne Mallison Painter and Decorator for over two years and wouldn’t change a thing.

“In five years time, I still see myself doing the same job. I love learning new things, meeting people and getting to travel to different areas for work, “ said Shaun.


Brooke Mallison, director of Wayne Mallison Painter and Decorator, couldn’t be prouder.


“Having Shaun win the Aboriginal Apprentice and Student of the Year is a massive achievement for him and for the business. It’s great knowing all the hard work, time and effort Wayne has put in with him have paid off,” she said.


Shaun isn’t the first apprentice the business has taken on, and his employers Brooke and Wayne Mallison are both passionate about supporting their community and providing training and employment opportunities for young locals.

“We try to help out the younger people choose a trade they would be interested in and to stick it out. We offer them encouragement and guidance through the process and show them all areas of the industry, not just using a brush and paint, so they can have their own business one day,” said Brooke.

L – R: Brooke Mallison, Shaun Gordon, Wayne Mallison. 

MEGT wishes Shaun the very best of luck as he goes on to compete at the NSW State Training Awards on 8 September 2016.