Friday, August 13th, 2010
THE best plumbing and painting apprentices in the State will be showing off the top tools of their trade tomorrow (August 13), as part of the Apprentice of the Year Awards for the Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WA and Master Painters Australia (WA association).

Twelve MPGA and 12 MPA finalists will take part in a practical competition at the organisations’ headquarters in Maylands so they can be assessed on a range of trade skills, alongside the MPA Group Skills Open Day.

Third and fourth-year MPGA apprentices showing excellence in personal, academic and workplace development will be assessed on gas-fitting, welding and brazing, sanitary plumbing and general plumbing skills while MPA apprentices will be assessed across a variety of knowledge and expertise.

MPA Group CEO Murray Thomas said it was an opportunity to showcase the talent and skills on offer from up-and-coming apprentices, giving them the recognition they deserve.

“These awards reflect our strong commitment to the training of high-quality apprentices because we want to ensure a bright future for this industry,” he said.

“It’s important we promote professional and ethical business practices at the training stage and educate our apprentices on the required trade standards.

“This way, the health and safety of the public will be maintained, thanks to well-qualified tradesmen who received appropriate training while apprentices.

“The Apprentice of the Year Award is a prestigious accolade and a good stepping stone for recognition in the industry.”

Energy, Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier will be visiting the competition and open day from 9.30am, giving the official welcome at 10.15am.

Winners of the MPA Apprentice of the Year Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on October 16; the MPGA winners will be announced at a similar dinner on November 27.

The Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WA and Master Painters Australia are located at 108 Caledonian Avenue, Maylands.

For more information, contact:

Ashlee Phur, Communications and Events Manager
Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of WA | Master Painters Australia WA Association
T: (08) 9471 6667 (direct) | M: 0407 242 233 e: [email protected]

MPA Skills Open Day
Samantha Boydon
0447 771 748


WHAT: MPGA and MPA Apprentice of the Year competition, MPA Skills Open Day

WHEN: 7am to 4.30pm

WHERE: MPGA’s headquarters, 108 Caledonian Avenue, Maylands

WHO: Energy, Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier

Ralph Dawson, Executive Director, Construction Training Fund (CTF)

Linda Lutey, Manager Operations, CTF

Alan Davis, Director, Skills Development, CTF

Warren Cluney, Training Support Officer, CTF

Elaine McGrath, Project Manager, Skills Development, CTF

Diana Salvaris, Director, Communications and Operations, CTF

Paul Rawlings, Group Training Australia (WA)

Di Turner, Principal, John Forrest Senior High School

Phil Payne, Manager, Plumbers’ Licensing Board

Murray Rzepecki, CEO, WA Construction Industry Redundancy Fund

Peter Tuck, CEO, National Electrical Contractors Association

Desiree Grizenda-Day, Principal, St Norbert College

Donald Nuild, Deputy Principal, St Norbert College

Frank Everingham, Worldskills

Peter Gow, Executive Director, Building Commission

12 Apprentice of the Year finalists

60 students and teachers

Contact Profile

MPA Group

The MPA Group consists of the following:

* The key role of the Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of Australia (WA) is to be the representative voice of the industry in Western Australia.

The association works to protect the health and safety of the public and the environment by promoting professional and ethical business practices, ensuring the maintenance of trade standards through appropriate training and education, providing information, advisory and other services to members, and by taking an active role in public policy development.

* Master Painters Australia (WA) is a registered union of employees representing businesses in the painting, decorating and sign writing trades. Founded in 1911, it is a not-for-profit association managed group of elected committee members.

The Association's two principal objectives are to be able to assist members business interests and to uphold professional standards for the industry as a whole.

* MPA Skills designs and delivers exceptional vocational training services for the painting and plumbing industries of Western Australia. Our strong industry focus ensures that the training students receive is highly relevant, while industry is assured that its future will be underpinned by people with the highest professional standards.

Training programs and courses are offered in Painting & Decorating and Plumbing & Gasfitting. They include pre-vocational, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, licence and registration courses, post-trade training programs, and training in business management and operations.
Ashlee Phur, Communications and Events Manager
P: (08) 9471 6667
M: 0407 242 233


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