A commercial, industrial and residential success story

At 41 years of age, Clayton Harrington is the proud owner of four successful businesses, a career achievement he credits to his Australian Apprenticeship.
“I completed my carpentry apprenticeship through a Group Training Organisation and it allowed me to work for a number of host employers and broaden my skills base in all aspects of the commercial and domestic construction sectors,” Clayton said.
Clayton went on to complete a number of courses after his Australian Apprenticeship, including Certificate IV in Building and Construction and various qualifications in contract administration, computer aided drafting, occupational  health and safety and building and construction estimation.
In 2001, he started Harrington Design & Construction Pty Ltd which has now grown to employ over 20 people. The company builds commercial, industrial and residential structures.
The company has won many awards in the construction industry such as the Hotel Association’s Best Redeveloped Venue for a Gallery Nightclub.
Clayton also owns and manages Clayill Developments Pty Ltd, which specialises in Commercial Building Development, Commercial Building Leasing and Holiday Accommodation. He also owns Princess Heights Developments Pty Ltd, which looks at land development and residential block sales and C J Fitness Pty Ltd Fitness Centres.
“An Australian Apprenticeship can give you a vast array of skills to utilise for the rest of your life,” he said.
“The amount of pathways apprenticeships open up — work in the mining industry or major companies — it’s a great starting point to get into business.
“The key thing is to gain as much knowledge as you possibly can, have a lot of pride in what you do and set yourself goals that you’re achieving on a daily basis,” Clayton said.
Clayton was the proud recipient of the Victorian Apprentice of the Year Award in 1999 and went on to be a finalist at the Australian Training Awards the same year.

In 2013, Clayton's business Harrington Designs and Constructions received the HIA Western Victoria Regional Housing Award for Renovation/Addition Project of the Year.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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