It was a “fantastic” trip for Canberra’s Apprentice Plumber of the Year, Elliott Nunn, who not only enjoys solving plumbing issues, but finds the idea of helping the community extremely rewarding.
Elliot is the 2020 winner of the Ernie Dearing Award, a great honor bestowed by Master Plumbers ACT, an independent, non-profit organization that celebrates excellence in the industry. The 2020 Master Plumbers ACT Industry and Training Awards dinner was canceled in May due to COVID-19, but a small presentation was held in Canberra on November 6.
“To be announced as the winner was a big surprise,” says Elliot. ” I did not expect that. It’s nice to be recognized for the effort and I feel like all the hard work I have done has paid off.
The 24-year-old’s journey in the plumbing industry began four years ago after working in other fields such as landscaping.
“I chose plumbing as a career because I find it very rewarding,” he says. “Plus, it’s an essential service and there will always be a job available for you. Even during the COVID-19 shutdown, there was a constant demand for plumbers in Canberra. “
Elliot encourages all students who are considering plumbing as a career to get started.
“Trades are now in demand and the results of jobs and wages are very rewarding,” he says. “You have the option of starting your own business or working for an employer. The more effort you put in, the more you will get out of it. “
Elliott says there are plenty of job opportunities in Canberra and employers are looking for first and second year apprentices.
Master Plumbers ACT Executive Director Leigh Watson congratulated the winners and said the awards are essential in recognizing their achievements.
“The awards are important because, as an association, we want to celebrate excellence in the industry,” he says. “We want our members to be the best they can be; the best professional, ethical and hardworking plumbers. The winners already demonstrate the excellence that we want to promote.
One of Leigh’s goals is to encourage more women to pursue careers in plumbing.
“Not many women are keen on a career in plumbing and I would like to change that,” she says. “Plumbing does not yet attract a large number of women, unlike other trades such as electricity. One of the reasons could be that they see plumbing as dirty work, which includes digging holes, fixing toilets, and laying pipes, and they don’t want to make a career out of it.
“However, not all plumbing jobs are dirty. If women are not interested in getting involved in maintenance, they can be part of the construction which involves the construction of new apartments, houses and commercial buildings and does not involve the so called dirty items.
Check out the full list of winners of the 2020 Master Plumbers ACT Industry and Training Awards at Master Plumbers ACT.