Oct 13, 2016

Riviera apprentices awarded for excellence

Riviera’s strong commitment to the future of the Australian marine industry continues to be recognised and rewarded through the outstanding achievements of its high-performing apprentices.

There are now some 50 apprentices learning their trades and honing their skills at the world-class Riviera facility on Australia’s Gold Coast – a mixture of fulltime, mature-aged and school-based apprentices.

School-based lamination apprentice Dominic Perry feels the deep sense of pride he has in his work stems from the hallmark ‘ethos of excellence’ that applies to everything that Riviera undertakes.

“Riviera is held in such high regard for the build quality of our world-class yachts and that really drives you to be on top of your game and be the best you can be,” said Dominic – recently named as the Logan region’s and also South East Queensland’s School Based Apprentice of the Year.

“You often have to think outside of the box and the training is more intense but you are surrounded by great people who all share a passion for quality and, of course, we build an incredible and luxurious range of yachts,” said the Kingston State College student.

School-based boat-building apprentice Cameron Wilton from Helensvale State High School was awarded the Gold Coast region’s School Based Apprentice of Year.

“I’ve loved boats since I was eight years old, so much so that my cousin even bought me a boat for my 16th birthday,” said Cameron.

“It’s amazing to have a career in the marine industry and being able to work at Riviera is pretty special.”

The School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements by students, staff and schools within the vocational education and training sector who strive for excellence, best-practice and innovation.

Shaun Austin, another Helensvale school-based apprentice boat-builder, was also a deserving finalist in the awards, a fact Riviera Quality, Safety & Training Manager Adam Houlahan says reflects his commitment to excellence on the factory floor, and in his studies.

“All our apprentices are displaying maturity, skills, and commitment beyond their years,” said Adam, adding that Apprentice Program Manager Lisa Fox also deserved credit for her hard work, persistence and progression of the School Based Apprenticeship program.

Also in attendance at the recent awards night were families, schools and training partners celebrating the successes of students. Riviera also partners with Beenleigh State High School, Nerang State High School, Varsity College and Livingstone Christian College for the School Based Apprenticeship Program.

Pictured left to right at the South East Queensland School Based Apprentice Training Awards: Riviera Safety & Training Manager Adam Houlahan with apprentices Shaun Austin, Cameron Wilton and Dominic Perry, as well as Riviera’s Apprentice Program Manager Lisa Fox.

South East Queensland’s School Based Apprentice of the Year – Dominic Perry (middle) pictured with Riviera's Chief Executive Officer Wesley Moxey (left) and Riviera Chairman and Owner Rodney Longhurst (right).

South East Queensland’s School Based Apprentice of the Year finalists Shaun Austin (left) and Cameron Wilton (right).

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