Riviera apprentices win top awards during the annual School Based Apprentice of the Year Awards


From left, training manager Adam Houlahan, Finals nominee Aidan Barnes, Apprentice of the Year Bailey Harding, Achiever Award winner Aaron Wolstenholme and training assistant Keira Shanks.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – Two of Riviera’s school-based apprentices have been selected as winners during the 2017 School Based Apprentice of the Year Awards announced recently at the Gold Coast’s Bond University.

Bailey Harding

Boat building apprentice Bailey Harding won the Gold Coast School Based Apprentice of the Year Award. Bailey is completing his second year as an apprentice.

“Boating has been my passion since I was a young boy,” says Bailey. “Working at Riviera is awesome. I am fascinated by the process of building these world-class motor yachts and love working on them.”

Bailey says the award was special recognition for hard work and doing a good job.

“My future is definitely with Riviera,” he says.

Aaron Wolstenholme

Boat building apprentice Aaron Wolstenholme won the 2017 Achievers Award and placed in the finals for the overall South East Queensland School Based Apprentice of the Year.  Aaron commutes to work each day from Macleay Island in Moreton Bay, north of the Riviera yard in Coomera. He gets up at 3am to make the 6am start!

Our school-based cabinet-making apprentices Tiana Diachenko and Aiden Barnes were nominations for the Awards finals.

Chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst says: “We congratulate our stars of today and leaders of tomorrow! We can’t wait to have them on board full time.”



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