Drifta Camping & 4WD, Gloucester has three new qualified cabinet makers

Full fledged tradies: Temyka Lawlor, Ella Walker and Kody Prosser have finished their apprenticeships. Photo: Anne Keen
Full fledged tradies: Temyka Lawlor, Ella Walker and Kody Prosser have finished their apprenticeships. Photo: Anne Keen

It should have taken them four years, but these hard workers completed their cabinet making apprenticeships in just three.

Temyka Lawlor, Ella Walker and Kody Prosser started at Drifta Camping & 4WD together in 2015, and now, as of February 12, they have been signed off as fully qualified cabinet makers.

"It feels fantastic it be finished, and to have no more assignments" Ella smiled.

For all three of them, the apprenticeship program was not only an excellent way to secure a job in Gloucester, but has given them each a valuable trade.

And for Temyka, it's a job she really enjoys.

"It's good to make things with your hands," she smiled.

Each of them will continue to put their trade to use by staying on at Drifta, helping to manufacturer a range of products for both Australia and overseas.

Which is precisely what business owner, Luke Sutton is after.

He said it's important to his business to not only train the staff, but to ensure they stay on, putting that trade to good use.

"We want to train them and keep them," Luke said.

"Not all of the apprentices who start the program end up finishing."

He explained that the number of people finishing apprenticeships is dropping.

"So, this is a great achievement," he said.

Luke is especially proud of the fact that two of the new qualified cabinet makers are women.

"Not many women take on apprenticeships, which is a shame, because women make equally as good trade people," Luke explained.

Luke feels that apprenticeships aren't appreciated like they used to be and that the focus for students is more on academics.

"A trade should be equally valued," Luke said.

And for Luke, it is the core of his workforce, in a business that is continuing to expand and is one of the biggest employers in Gloucester.

Everything is made by hand and is custom build, and a range of trades are needed to keep the factory running.

And now, there are three new fully qualified cabinet makers on the floor.