When Tim Baker left school to pursue a career in civil construction, he never imagined he would be awarded for his efforts.
The 19-year-old began working with Tatura civil construction company NL Drainage two days a week before beginning full-time employment with the group when he finished Year 11.
Full of motivation and enthusiasm, Mr Baker was a real winner in his boss Brad Wereszczuk’s eyes.
‘‘We nominated Tim to acknowledge his commitment and drive,’’ Mr Wereszczuk said.
‘‘He’s a ripper bloke and very enthusiastic.’’
The Tatura resident recently travelled to Melbourne to attend the prestigious Civil Contractors Federation Training Awards 2018.
To his surprise, Mr Baker was awarded the Geoff Brown Award Certificate III in Civil Construction 3rd Year and CCF Apprentice of the Year for Roads and Water.
‘‘I didn’t think I would win it, so it’s really good to be acknowledged,’’ he said.
This is the second time Mr Baker has taken out awards with the CCF, after receiving the Apprentice of the Year (First Year) two years ago.
‘‘I’ve always enjoyed what I do because it’s different and I’m not always doing the same stuff,’’ Mr Baker said.
High standards of civil compliance can be seen throughout the Goulburn Valley, with NL Drainage finishing runner-up in the CCF Training Employer of the Year to Shepparton-based construction company Jarvis Delahey Contractors.
‘‘This really showcases that the GV produces good contractors for Victoria,’’ Mr Wereszczuk said. ‘‘We’re setting a great standard.
‘‘If we had to come second to anyone, I’m glad it’s to a GV company.’’
JDC owner Richard Jarvis was delighted to receive the award.
‘‘This shows we can go toe to toe with anyone,’’ Mr Jarvis said.
‘‘We’re certainly up there with the rest of them in quality and standard and this is another feather in the cap.’’
NL Drainage and JDC are looking forward to next year, hoping to take out more awards.