PROUD MOMENT: Dylan Nightingale receiving the plumbing award in Caloundra.
PROUD MOMENT: Dylan Nightingale receiving the plumbing award in Caloundra. Contributed

Plumbers take out honours

A SOUTH Burnett apprentice has won a prestigious regional plumbing competition which was held in Caloundra recently.

Kingaroy Plumbing Works fourth year apprentice Dylan Nightingale said he was surprised he won.

"The award was the World Skills plumbing competition and I won that,” he said.

"I had to make a plumbing manifold at the Caloundra Event Centre, that was about it.”

Mr Nightingale will now have the opportunity to head to Sydney to compete in the National World Skills competition.

If he is successful, Mr Nightingale could go on to compete at the International World Skills competition in Russia.

"Yeah I definitely will give it a go,” he said.

"I'm really looking forward to it, it should be a good experience.

"I've never done anything like it before, so it's quite surprising.”

Mr Nightingale said preparation was important.

"TAFE was doing practice days for me before the competition in Caloundra, so hopefully we will be doing a couple then before we go to Sydney so I'm prepared for it.”

Mr Nightingale said he was in the final year of his apprenticeship and would soon move on to a year of a provisional licence.

"In plumbing you get to experience different things every day, it's sort of like a different job,” he said.

Mr Nightingale was not the only South Burnett plumber to achieve recognition recently.

James Giles Plumbing won the Queensland Gas Association Type B Gas Installation of the Year award at the 2017 Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards, held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on July 21.

This is the third consecutive year the Goomeri business has won a top gas installation award.

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