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Painting a brighter future

2022 Gordon Master Painters' Association Vic and Tas winnersIn the world of painting and decorating, talent and dedication have served as the driving forces behind the achievements of Gordon students at the Master Painters’ Association of Victoria and Tasmania Awards for Excellence. 

Kyle Morrissy, studying a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating at The Gordon, was awarded the best second-year Apprentice of the Year.

Feeling proud and shocked when they announced the winner, Kyle attributes his success to his employer, teacher and co-workers.

“I’ve excelled in a variety of skills, from fact marbling to rolling and brushing, and I enjoy the variety of work and the learnings, from the small, intricate jobs to the larger scale projects. This award shows the experience level and standards that I can maintain, and I think it will help me with future jobs and career pathways,” said Kyle. 

While Kyle left school at 16, his willingness to learn and develop his skills was key to his nomination from Paul Webb, a painting and decorating teacher at The Gordon. 

“Motivated at all times, Kyle’s drive and ambition, his willingness to jump in the deep end, and his passion for his trade are key qualities that have driven him to achieve his goals,” said Paul.

Paul also nominated Rosie Eastwood, a third-year apprentice, who finished runner-up in her category at the dual state awards.

“Rosie started her career with passion and high expectations. She balances her work and studies well and always produces a high standard of work, demonstrating excellent skill when it comes to mirror finishes,” said Paul.

Rosie has been painting for around five years, while also working two years in floor preparation and coatings before committing to a career in painting and decorating.

“I always had a passion for painting and got a lot of satisfaction out of it. I want to continue to increase my knowledge and skills in the trade and travel and work across Australia and potentially the world,” said Rosie.

“Being recognised and rewarded for my hard work and skills has given me a massive confidence boost. I now want to continue learning and pass my skills on to others wanting to learn the trade,” continued Rosie.
“These individuals have not only demonstrated their unwavering commitment to their craft but have also surpassed expectations, showcasing their remarkable skills, creativity and artistic vision,” said Paul, who agrees they are most deserving of their accolades.