About Matthew Trost - Apprentice: Cabinet Making
COMPLETED APPRENTICESHIP JULY 2014 WITH WIPPELLS KITCHENS AT ST. GEORGE.
NOW HELPING SUPERVISE INDIGENOUS SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICE CABINET MAKER, KEENAN CORDREY.
Local successful kitchen cabinet business – Wippells Kitchens – is testament to a business owner who is ensuring the St George community maintains its skilled carpentry workforce.
Ed Wippell, himself a qualified tradie who completed his apprenticeship in Toowoomba in 2006, started Wippells Kitchen and Cabinets family business six years ago. “The motivation was the challenge of succeeding in running our own business and we saw an opening in the area for the services we supply,” said Ed Wippell.
Above: Matt Trost, left, with Indigenous school-based apprentice cabinet maker Keenan Cordrey and Ed Wippell, tradesman and business owner Wippells Kitchens.
Giving back to the community is also important for Ed Wippell. He put on a carpentry apprentice with GoldenWest Apprenticeships - Matt Trost – who completed his qualification in July this year and who will stay on with the business in a full-time capacity. Matt also now gets to help train a new cabinet maker, Keenan Cordrey who is an Indigenous School-based apprentice at Wippells.
“An apprenticeship is a great place to start life after school with getting skills that will help you all through your life,” said Wippell. “Once you have a trade you will be able to get work just about anywhere. If you wish to try your hands at something else the trade gives you a great opportunity to do so as the trade is always there to go back to if things don’t work out,” he said.
“The partnership we have with GoldenWest Apprenticeships means they take care of all the administration and training schedules and I get to concentrate on running my business. The apprentices we have are always hard working and keen to improve their skill level,” said Wippell. “I would recommend all business owners to consider investing in training like we have,” he said.