Chisholm's star female trade apprentice tops state awards

May 2015

Chisholm shopfitting student Danielle Shedden has taken out the top three awards at the Master Builder Association of Victoria’s recent Apprentice of the Year event.

Winning the association’s Apprentice of the Year, Metropolitan Apprentice of the Year and Joinery Apprentice of the Year, Danielle was also a recent category winner at Chisholm’s inaugural Education Awards.

Held at the Pullman Albert Park last Friday, the Master Builders Association of Victoria awards recognised skills, work ethic and positive attitude for successful tradespersons in the building and construction industry.

Danielle says the shock of finding out she had been successful in three separate award categories didn’t sink in for a couple of hours.

“It’s given me extra motivation to start my own business.  It shows that stereotypes can be broken - anyone can flourish in this industry,” said Danielle, 23, from Cranbourne.

“It’s about your skills and knowledge, not about your gender.”

Juggling study and work commitments, Danielle is in her second year of the Certificate III in Shopfitting at Chisholm.

“I love the diversity that the course brings because it allows you to work with all types of materials such as wood, aluminium and even stone.”

Chisholm construction and building teacher Ian Malcolm said Danielle had been an outstanding student with an exceptional work ethic.

“Danielle’s work is in a class above where she is in her apprenticeship, and her desire to do more will see her carve out a career as an outstanding tradesperson.”

Winner of the 2014 Australian and Victorian Large Training Provider of the Year awards, Chisholm is passionate about inspiring and transforming people’s lives through quality education. Running over 500 courses across seven locations in Melbourne’s south east, Chisholm has inspirational teachers, flexible learning options, support services, and quality training facilities.