A talented Dardanup handyman has been recognised for his skills in the trade, named Housing Industry Association’s Stracto Second Year Apprentice of the Year. Carpenter-in-training Finn Dau took home the accolade last Friday night, at the official presentation evening that acknowledged the outstanding trade knowledge, quality workmanship, presentation, and trade school results of future industry leaders. The 19-year-old said he was overcome with “pure shock” when he was read out as the winner. “I really wasn’t expecting to win,” he said. “The calibre of the tradesmen and apprentices that I was up against, everyone is amazing. . . but yeah, really happy to have taken it.” Working for ABN Training and Dale Alcock Homes South West as a carpentry apprentice, Mr Dau will finish his studies in June next year. He said his passion for the industry came from his love of woodwork in school. “I was always working for hands as a young kid,” he said. “I always enjoyed woodwork at school, and then had the opportunity to leave school early in Year 12. and complete the apprenticeship. . . that was probably the best decision I ever made. “I just love it, there’s so many different avenues within carpentry, you can do framing like I do, or hanging doors, staircases anything.” Upon announcing him as the winner, judges described Mr Dau as someone who goes “above and beyond” in his service. “Finn has proven himself to be a reliable, hardworking, and valuable team member, approaching every task with enthusiasm and a positive attitude,” judges said. “He is dedicated, disciplined and self-motivated, often going above and beyond what is expected of him. “Finn’s active listening ensures he takes the time to carefully consider instructions and asks thoughtful clarifying questions to avoid misunderstandings and errors in his work.” Mr Dau was also named a finalist for the overall Apprentice of the Year award, while fellow South West tradesman Alex Campbell was nominated for the 2023 Apprentice Host Trainer Award.