Originally Mitchell Osborne’s dad had a contract to build an ANZAC memorial at Beerwah, but when he was unable to go he called upon his son to help. Mitchell jumped to it and travelled to Queensland from Melbourne along with his own first year bricklaying apprentice Daniel Hocking (pictured below) to have the honour of completing the project.
Mitchell, who has his own business, MJO Bricklaying, was delighted to offer to take Daniel on the trip “He is a great apprentice who can already lay 100 bricks a day yet he only started his apprenticeship in January this year.” Daniel’s off-site training is at The Gordon in Geelong.
Mitchell is also taking steps to further his career prospects. He’s currently studying for his Builders Licence through the Master Builders at Deacon Uni. Mitchell is so confident about Daniel’s ability that he expressed that ideally Daniel will be his successor in taking over the bricklaying business when he earns his building qualification. Choose Your Own Career Path.
It’s inspiring to see the generations of bricklayers supporting each other in our trade and to witness the career development of a skilled mason-bricklayer to builder and his apprentice to, one day, through dedication and skills, become a business manager. To be part of building an ANZAC memorial today is something very special and a project they’ll remember every year on ANZAC day. Great work guys!