Tradie’s hardwork recognised

Andrew jan has been selected as a finalist at the Victorian Training Awards. (Supplied)

Oliver Lees

Apprentice plumber Andrew Jan has been selected as a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category at the Victorian Training Awards.

After spending 11 years working in thoroughbred breeding, Mr Jan changed to a career in plumbing and now splits his time working at Macedon Ranges Plumbing in Kyneton and studying at Bendigo TAFE.

Mr Jan said being shortlisted for the award was the “biggest highlight” of his time as a student.

“Going to TAFE and starting this apprenticeship has certainly been a life changing experience for me,” he said.

“I chose plumbing because it’s a licensed trade that provides a stable future, and offers a diverse range of work that allows me to constantly challenge and better myself.”

“I would love to obtain my plumbing license and go out on business on my own. My studies have really set me up for that. I certainly wouldn’t change it for the world and I’ll never look back.”

The 35-year-old has gone from strength to strength since making the career switch, having previously received the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant in 2020 and the Bendigo TAFE Apprentice of the Year award earlier this year.

Bendigo TAFE chief executive Dally Curtain said she was very proud to see Mr Jan nominated for the award.

“Andrew’s success reflects his remarkable drive and determination to succeed in his new career path,” she said.

The winners of the Victorian Training Awards will be announced on October 16.

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