Patrick Wright from CC P & D has walked away with two apprentice of the year awards, including being named the overall Apprentice of the Year at the 2019 Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards, held on Friday 19 July night at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane.
Patrick was awarded the Service Trades College Fourth Year Apprentice of the Year award before beating all other apprentice award winners to take the crown of Reece Queensland Apprentice of the Year.
Patrick has a fierce passion for the trade and demonstrated a great understanding of the challenges faced by the plumbing industry in terms of unlicensed and poor quality work. He recently won the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) plumbing apprentice competition and will soon be travelling to the US to compete in the international plumbing competition.
Patrick’s attention to detail, outstanding workmanship and ‘sky is the limit’ attitude made him the clear winner for the Queensland Apprentice of the Year category.
Originally studying carpentry, his passion for plumbing was ignited when he realised the variety of work that the field brings. He would like to one day start his own business working on both residential and commercial buildings.
Patrick’s employer described him as the future of the company and said that you might get only three apprentices like Pat in a lifetime.
Hosted by Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) in partnership with Event Partner Tradelink, the Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards aim to highlight the hard work and dedication invested into the industry by apprentices, plumbers, gasfitters, hydraulic consultants and other industry individuals.
This year the sell-out awards recognised individuals and companies in 18 categories and hosted VIPs including the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Digital Technology and Sport, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, the Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works, Energy, Innovation and Digital Technology, Michael Hart MP, State Secretary for the Plumbers Union Qld, Gary O’Halloran and Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Brett Bassett.