Talented Strathpine carpentry apprentice Ben Morriss is heading to Canada as a Queensland Exchange Apprentice Ambassador.

Ben, a third stage apprentice, will travel to British Columbia to spend four weeks studying the Canadian Apprenticeship system.

He will take part in two weeks work experience with a premium building company in BC, spend time with a major Training Provider and perform Ambassador roles within the province.

The Exchange Apprentice Ambassador Scholarship is a collaboration between East Coast Apprenticeships (ECA) and its Canadian sister organisation SkillSource British Columbia.

The Scholarship is designed as an international learning experience for respective winners and aims to strengthen relations between the two countries.

“This Scholarship is a statement of the importance East Coast Apprenticeships places on apprentices and the critical role they play in the future prosperity of Queensland,” ECA CEO Mr Alan Sparks said.

“Building techniques are definitely different from country to country,” Ben said.

“Canada has some amazing buildings like the Absolute Towers in Mississauga which twist as they go up. I’m hoping to learn a little bit about different styles, new techniques, and quicker and easier ways to do things,” he said.

Part of ECA’s partnership with SkillSource BC has been to help it establish one of the country’s first Group Training-style support programs.

“Australia created the GTO model whereby an organisation employs apprentices and trainees and places them with different host employers to ensure a broad and varied skills base,” said Mr Sparks.

“Canada is just starting to embrace that concept,” he said

Ben’s scholarship started in late May, in time for the Canadian Summer.

“At 22, Ben may be somewhat of a novelty on Canadian building sites,” said Mr Sparks.

“The average starting age for apprentices there is 25, so Ben will be graduating at an age many young Canadians commence.”

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said “This scholarship is a great initiative and Ben's Canadian exchange will no doubt open up new doors, he is a great ambassador for our industry.”