Top apprentice clears the way for a bright future



ROCKHAMPTON'S Steven Toon loves being a plumber.

And he's good at it.

At 29, he took out last year's Dux Queensland Apprentice of the Year.

"I always try my hardest and do what I love to do,'' Mr Toon said.

Mr Toon tried to get an apprenticeship when he left high school, but said there was a shortage of availability at the time.

Now he is one of the most sought after apprentices in the State.

"I'm older and have a bit more knowledge about working hard, and the tools,'' said Mr Toon, a third year apprentice with Neil Jones Plumbing.

He said he enjoyed working with the business and loved the variety of jobs he was able to undertake.

"Compared to this, other trades are boring,'' he said.

TAFE plumbing apprentices around Australia were eligible to enter the Apprentice of the Year competition, which was judged on personal presentation, academic record and references from employers, customers and the community.

Entries were judged by representatives of TAFE and Dux Hot Water.

Mr Toon also won the Master Plumbers Award for a second year apprentice a year ago.



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