Commercial plumber repays employer

Tyson Knight is a shining example of what can be achieved through an Australian Apprenticeship.

The 25-year-old plumber won gold medals at WorldSkills Australia Regional and National Competitions, was a silver medallist at the 2009 WorldSkills International Competition in Canada and received the 2010 Ern McDonald Fellowship.

The fellowship enabled Tyson to travel to Europe to learn sustainable plumbing techniques – sharing this knowledge with his employer Jones Doyle Plumbing in Wodonga, Victoria.

Since becoming fully-qualified in 2009, Tyson has continued to be involved with WorldSkills Australia in judging and gives training advice to local training providers and young Australian Apprentices.

Most recently, he escorted the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos to Germany as an official WorldSkills Australia Team Leader.

“The support I received during my apprenticeship enabled me to grow in confidence,” Tyson said.

“I was given the opportunity to travel to Canada and Europe to enhance my skills and development which has had a range of benefits both personally and professionally.

“The best thing about my plumbing apprenticeship is that each day was different.
“I experienced working in different environments and the daily challenges I faced ensured I was constantly learning.”

Tyson completed a Certificate IV in Plumbing through TAFE NSW – Riverina Institute and Jones Doyle Plumbing where he is currently employed.

“I plan on settling down here and repaying my employer for their investment in me,” he said.

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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