Since the age of 14, Brock Hodgson knew he wanted to be a jeweller. Fast forward eight years and he is on his way, thanks to an apprenticeship opportunity in jewellery manufacturing with Stephen Dibb Jewellers, signed up through BUSY At Work.

Just weeks into his apprenticeship, Brock was chosen as a finalist in the emerging talent category for the national Diamond Guild bi-annual competition for his creative, concept drawing of a ring. The ring was then produced with the help of the team at Stephen Dibb and submitted for the finalist’s award night held in Melbourne.

Brock’s employer Stephen Dibb said that “Brock was only four weeks into his apprenticeship when he was chosen as a finalist against some tough competition. The winning design was entered by someone who was nearing the end of her four year apprenticeship, so we couldn’t be prouder of Brock. He received some very positive feedback from industry specialists there on the night”.

According to Brock, the work is keeping him very busy and he is learning a lot of industry skills that will help him achieve his dream. “The work is very busy, I’m learning heaps and my favourite part of the job is seeing a concept sketch turn into a finished product. Stephen and the team are very supportive and passing on their incredible knowledge”.

Brock’s employer, Stephen Dibb, believes Brock has what it takes to succeed. “Brock is completing a dual trade which will provide him the skills to become a diamond setter, a jeweller and a designer. It’s a lot to learn but Brock has a high calibre of wanting, he’s always been interested in this career path and that sets him up for success. He fits in well with the team and we couldn’t be happier”.

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