For Holmesglen roof tiling student Joshua Taylor, the dedication shown to his education has extended farther than most. While passion for your studies or a new career is a wonderful motivator, without commitment, success can be elusive.
Joshua's devotion to his craft saw him travel regularly from Tasmania to Melbourne, to complete his training at Holmesglen.
In recognition of this hard work, Joshua (pictured right) was acknowledged with a student honour at Holmesglen's Roof Tiling, Painting and Decorating Awards Ceremony this March. While the achievement was important, the backstory that led to his attendance on the night was equally significant.
Through the kind funding of Bristile, one of Australia's largest suppliers of roofing products, Joshua and his host employer TW Roofing were able to fly to Melbourne to attend the ceremony, which was hosted at Holmesglen's Cilantro Restaurant.
"My boss and I are very grateful that Bristile sent us over to attend the awards ceremony. I don't think many big companies would do that for a young bloke," Joshua said.
Bristile's Damien Walsh believes the decision to support Joshua was an easy one. He affirmed that the assistance was about helping the next generation of apprentices as they prepare to enter the workforce.
"We need to offer continued support to apprentices coming through. Too many times we have got guys through a couple of years of their apprenticeship only to have them move on," Damien said.
The training Joshua received at Holmesglen allowed his professional qualities to develop while working with his current host employer, Tasmania's TW Roofing. The skills and confidence Joshua learned in Holmesglen's workshops have also been observed in his daily work.
"Joshua seemed more knowledgeable after returning from [his Holmesglen] training and more confident with his work. He is reliable, prompt, and eager to please, and always takes on board what I am showing him," TW Roofing's Todd Whatley said.
While in Melbourne, Bristile also provided Joshua with the chance to visit their Dandenong Plant.