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Housing : March 2009
Lessons learned as an apprentice helped this member take out the 2008 HIA Host Trainer of the Year award. valuable lessons W hen Matt Carty worked with WE Knight in Sydney a quarter of a century ago – he learnt some valuable lessons – concentrate on the quality of your work; learn to do it correctly. Get that right and the speed will come naturally. They stressed that I should always be thinking in advance ‘I was taught by Bill Knight and his son, David,’ he says. ‘They stressed that I should always be thinking in advance. If I could see a tool was going to be needed get it ready; if there was nothing to do get out a broom and sweep up or tidy away the materials. You never stood Above: (L–R) Matt Carty, Andrew Cahill and Todd Coleman. Below: Matt Carty with his award for HIA’s NSW Host Trainer of the Year for 2008. around with your hands in your pockets.’ It was good advice which Matt has remembered and passed on to a new generation. Now with his own company, Carty Property Group, he took out the title of HIA Host Trainer of the Year at the 2008 NSW Awards. Matt’s first apprentice, Todd Coleman, won HIA Apprentice of the Year, and stayed with the company, rising through the ranks to become a fully qualified carpenter, foreman and now construction manager. Andrew Cahill, a third-year carpentry apprentice, is the current NSW Apprentice of the Year. Matt says Andrew has caused him to re-think his opinions on the quality and commitment of young people today. ‘I used to think they were not as good as in the past; getting Todd early on rather spoilt me. ‘But from the day he started work I knew that Andrew had what it takes to be successful in anything he undertook. All the guys who worked around him recognised it as well. ‘I guess you cannot generalise. Andrew is a self-starter, highly motivated and hard-working. You have to judge people on a case-by-case basis.’ 94 HOUSING MARCH 2009