HAMILTON man Tyler Hards signed off on his building apprenticeship before the New Year and celebrated by taking out the South West TAFE best third year apprentice award.
The graduation and awards ceremony, held annually at Deakin University in Warrnambool, recognises students for demonstrating outstanding effort in their studies, based on nomination from teachers.
Mr Hards’ award, Carpentry Outstanding Apprentice of the Year, is a timely celebration as he moves forward in the building industry.
“It was unexpected but very nice, a nice way to finish off the apprenticeship,” Mr Hards said.
A full time employee with Donehue’s Builders, Mr Hards said he was always going to give building a go.
“It was kind of always there as an option, and being in the family business already I spent a lot of time growing up at work,” he said.
“It was like day care really, being at work with mum.”
With building in the blood, Tyler took to his apprenticeship like a duck to water, taking out the first and second year awards before the major honours in his third year.
“You never go in expecting to get an award, it was never my goal to get one, but just to learn as much as I could,” Mr Hards said.