Orange Carpenter grabs apprenticeship award backed by CWA

Apprentice carpenter Logan Brockmann has creamed the opposition when it comes to trade skills.

HAPPY DAYS: Skillset consultant Rowen Cleal, CWA president Helana Donaldson, winner Logan Brockmann and SD Homes' Steve Drain. Photo: DAVID FITZSIMONS

HAPPY DAYS: Skillset consultant Rowen Cleal, CWA president Helana Donaldson, winner Logan Brockmann and SD Homes' Steve Drain. Photo: DAVID FITZSIMONS

And the ladies of the Orange Country Womens Association (CWA) have nailed the art of making great scones.

BUILDING A CAREER: Oustanding fourth year apprentice Logan Brockmann on a construction site in Orange on Thursday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

BUILDING A CAREER: Oustanding fourth year apprentice Logan Brockmann on a construction site in Orange on Thursday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

So it was only natural that their two worlds would collide in Orange this week.

Mr Brockmann was this week announced as the outstanding fourth year apprentice in Orange, winning the Central West CWA apprentice scholarship.

The CWA gifted Mr Brockmann $800 toward paying for tools and licences to help him progress from his apprenticeship into a trade.

They raised the money the way the CWA know best – baking and selling scones.

CWA Central West group president Helana Donaldson said it was a labour of love.

“We girls slaved away at the Borenore Field Days selling scones and jam to fund this award,” Mrs Donaldson said.

In fact they sold 52 dozen over the three days of the event, at $2.50 each.

Mr Brockmann is employed by Skillset  and is hosted by Steve Drain from SD Homes, building new houses in Orange.

He said he appreciated the CWA’s efforts. “It’s really going to help me out.

“I’ve just bought my first home so this will go a long way towards that,” he said.

He said he intended to stay with SD Homes for a while.

Skillset workforce consultant Ben Ruddy said the award started in the mid-1990s.

Mr Ruddy said the award recognised an apprentice’s work performance at work and their TAFE education results.

He said Mr Brockmann had completed extra training on top of what was normally required.

“Another big component is what they do outside of work,” he said.

“Logan is a boarding house master at Kinross Wolaroi. He’s active in junior rugby with Kinross and Orange City junior rugby.

“And he is first grade player with Orange City.”

And he has some big shoes to fill. Mr Ruddy said last year’s winner, Samm Devlin, an apprentice chef at Highland Heritage Estate, was now working at a restaurant in London.

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