SA’s best plumbing apprentice

Local Andamooka plumber Tim West has exceeded the expectations of his employer and father John West of Northlands Plumbing, by being recognised as the State’s best plumbing apprentice.

Local Andamooka plumber Tim West has exceeded the expectations of his employer and father John West of Northlands Plumbing, by being recognised as the State’s best plumbing apprentice.

Tim started his plumbing career as a school based apprentice at Roxby Downs Area School also completing a successful school career – being awarded Dux of the school at Andamooka Primary School, and School Captain at RDAS. His father said he has always done well at everything he put his hands to.

“He started doing a school based apprenticeship with us and at the start, I think he was in two minds about it, but as he got into it, he got keener and keener,” Mr West told The Monitor last week. “I’m extremely proud of him, he’s done very well. Everything he puts his hand to he does excellently, so I couldn’t be a prouder dad.”

After winning the TAFE ‘Best Overall Student’ upon completion of his Certificate III in plumbing, Tim went into the running for the Construction Industry Training Excellence Award against the top apprentices from the two other South Australian plumbing apprenticeship employment centres (Plumbing Industry Association and Training Prospects) – and won.

Tim was put through a gruelling selection process for the CITE Award, being quizzed by the State’s leading authorities on plumbing. They included a representative from the Office of Technical Regulating, the CEO of the Plumbing Industry Association and the two previous recipients of the award, who have both gone on to lead high profile, high intensity jobs in plumbing.

Following this achievement, Tim also won the Plumbing Industry Association Gold Medal – a highly revered industry award. But the buck doesn’t stop here for ambitious Tim, who is interested in furthering his study in plumbing.

“I’d like to go onto do my Certificate IV, and there are very few people in Australia that have done a diploma in plumbing, which is borderline mechanical engineering,” Tim said.

“And I wouldn’t mind going to the stage of either working at somewhere like a desal plant and scaling and designing of water infrastructure for town and city water supplies,” he said. “I’m pretty keen to keep progressing and work amongst the big facilities that everyone uses every day.”

Tim, whose face is now being marketed as the apprenticeship advocate in bus shelters all over SA, said he got where he is through keenness of his trade, good knowledge and experience and professionalism. He encouraged other apprentices striving for success to, “Be keen, get out there, ask questions, get involved and make the most of your training time.

“I studied hard for the courses we did, and it paid off.”

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