Plumbing apprentice picks up Queensland TAFE excellence award

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Marley Price-Schacher from Cow Bay was awarded the TAFE Queensland 2019 Cairns Trade Excellence Award for Plumbing Apprentice of the Year. Image: Supplied.
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Another Port Douglas tradie has picked up an award for their hard work and dedication.

Marley Price-Schacher from Cow Bay was awarded the TAFE Queensland 2019 Cairns Trade Excellence Award for Plumbing Apprentice of the Year at the award ceremony last night.

Mr Price-Schacher is no stranger to dedication, travelling from the Daintree each day to his job in Port Douglas.

“The win was completely unexpected. I love showing up to work every day, it’s always different and I never know what to expect,” he said.

Around 50 nominations were submitted from teachers and local employers for the awards, and nine trophies were handed out on the night.

After being named one of the top apprentices in the region, Mr Price-Schacher was back at work and on the tools this morning. 

Geoff Ward, Mr Price-Schacher’s employer, said he couldn’t be more proud of his apprentice.

“It’s very good, we are very honoured and very proud of Marley,” Mr Ward said.

“He is a hard worker; really dedicated and a really good apprentice. This is a massive achievement.”

The 3rd year apprentice has been with Geoff Ward Plumbing and Gas for the duration of his training so far and Mr Ward says he hopes he sees out the rest of his apprenticeship with the business.

“He’s got another year to go before he is qualified and I’m sure he will stay with us,” Mr Ward said.

“On behalf of Geoff Ward Plumbing, I want to congratulate him on the big achievement.” 

TAFE Queensland Cairns campus General Manager, Tim Campbell, said the apprentices spent some well-earned time in the spotlight at the awards night.

“More than 120 people attended the event in our C Block workshop to celebrate the academic and training excellence of the next generation of tradespeople,” Mr Campbell said.

“Qualified tradespeople play important roles in our everyday lives, from helping to build the homes we live in to keeping the power on during severe weather.

“Our apprentices are working in some of Australia’s most in-demand industry areas, with strong employment growth in the coming years predicted for plumbers, carpenters, electricians and air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics – just to name a few.

“At TAFE Queensland we’re proud to work with local employers to support the career aspirations of apprentices, and our awards night is a fitting way to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of each nominee,” he said.


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