Streaky Bay’s Like Tiller said it was an honour to recently be awarded the Master Plumbers Association (MPA) of South Australia’s high achievement award in a third year apprenticeship for 2018.
The Axeman Plumbing apprentice was present at the awards ceremony hosted at the MPA’s president’s lunch at Adelaide Oval along with Axeman staff members.
The apprentice awards for high achievement are selected by MPA field officers, with one apprentice from each year selected for an award.
Criteria for the award includes work ethic, quality of work, attitude, attendance at work and trade school, plus dedication to on-job and off-job training.
Mr Tiller was based in Port Lincoln and worked in the ship repair industry before moving to Streaky Bay with his family at the start of 2016 where he began his apprenticeship.
He will generally travel up to 1000 kilometres a week in his role, working across the West Coast from Elliston and Wudinna, up to Ceduna and as far west as Oak Valley and Maralinga.
Mr Tiller said he enjoyed being involved with such a diverse trade that presented a challenge every day.
“I’d like to thank Master Plumbers for giving me this award, it’s a great honour,” he said.
“A massive thanks to my work colleagues, Travis [Brown] and Huddo [Darren Hudson] and biggest thanks goes to my boss Axe [Darren Brown], who has always seen me through – he’s a great guy to work for, a hard worker and a great role model.
“I’d also like to thank my wife for always being there for me and looking after the kids while I’m away for work or TAFE.”
Mr Tiller completed his training at the Tonsley TAFE campus this year and said the facilities and teachers were fantastic.
Initially, travelling to Adelaide for TAFE presented a challenge when it came to being away from family, but Mr Darren Brown said Mr Tiller was able to always get the job done achieving his very best, even if this included camping out in his tent or swag, or at family and friend’s houses.
Mr Brown acknowledged the efforts Mr Tiller had put in over the past three years.
“Luke is very deserving of this award, he is punctual and highly advanced for his year level,” he said.
“He displays initiative and problem-solving, is a great communicator with myself and other employees and is a great man to work with.
“I look forward to working with him and sharing in his career for many years to come.”