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By Victoria Stone-Meadows

A young man from Cranbourne West had his hard work and dedication to his craft recognised at the 2017 Master Builders Association of Victoria Apprentice of the Year awards.
Ayden Horyna was named Roof Tiling and Slating Apprentice of the Year at the awards ceremony at Etihad Stadium in Docklands on Friday 12 May.
As part of being awarded the title, Mr Horyna also received almost $2000 with of tools, vouchers and workwear.
Mr Horyna was one of 12 apprentices from across the state to receive an award and be named the best apprentice in their field of work and study.
Master Builders Association of Victoria president Melanie Fasham said all apprentices were a valuable asset to the country and deserved to have their achievements recognised.
“One of the best investments Victoria can make is in the training and skills of young people in the building and construction industry,” she said.
“When we prepare them, we prepare Victoria for the generations ahead and the communities that will rely on them.”
“Tonight’s group of award recipients reflect the continuing importance of apprenticeships as the critical and enduring pathway for skills in the Victorian building industry.”
The awards ceremony was attended by about 1000 people and saw the best and brightest of Victoria’s future tradespeople honoured for their hard work.
Master Builders CEO Radley de Silva said all the winners faced tough competition and the talent of young apprentices shone brighter every year.
“It’s edifying to see this pool of building talent among our Victorian apprentices every year,” he said.
“Ours is the fastest-growing state, and these are the builders who will serve our communities in the years to come. The challenge, as always, is selecting just one winner.”

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