NewsThursday 04 Aug 2016

Award-winning apprentice plumbs the depths of commitment

Not many students travel over two hours to study with North Coast TAFE, but that’s what award-winning apprentice plumber Jordan Williams does every week. Hailing from Port Macquarie and working for BJ Crowley Plumbing, Jordan travels over two hours to attend classes at the Glenreagh St. TAFE Campus in Coffs Harbour.

“I have gotten used to the drive now…it was pretty monotonous driving along the Pacific Highway initially but I love working in the industry so much, it wasn’t a hard decision at all to travel,” Jordan says.

But Jordan admits he was not always so interested in the plumbing trade.

“There’s a bit of a story to me becoming a plumber actually. At school I was being suspended, doing pretty poorly with my grades but my mum knew of a plumber in the local area. I was given the opportunity to work in the real world as a plumber and I have loved the industry ever since.”

The 21-year-old recently took out the silver medal in the regional WorldSkills competition and has qualified to compete in the national competition in Melbourne in October.

“I didn’t even expect to get a place so I was very pleased when I did,” he says.

“It was extremely stressful and I can’t even imagine what the next level will be like. I’d like to see how far I could go, so I’m really putting in the preparation.

“I’m honing my skills to ensure I get the best result possible at the national competition” Jordan Williams, Port Macquarie

There are over 50 skill categories represented at the National WorldSkills competition.

Competitors undertake months of intensive training before the nationals, to increase their chances of being selected for the international ‘Skillaroos’ team who will compete at the International WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi next year.

The B J Crowley Plumbing employee hopes to one day run his own plumbing enterprise.

“I want to finish my apprenticeship and get some experience under my belt but one day, maybe I will own my own business.”

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