A 40-year old refrigeration and air conditioning apprentice from Brisbane has won Apprentice of the Year at the second annual awards event to be hosted by TAFE Queensland.

Award winner, Troy Connors, said his win proves that it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks.

“For anybody looking to change careers I am proof that you can do that,” Connors said.

“Winning this award really consolidates the fact that I have worked so hard to be where I am; it is very overwhelming and humbling.”

Connor thanked his employer, A Grade Air and award sponsor, MIGAS, who contributed to his $250 prize voucher.

The SkillsTech Apprentice Awards recognises apprentices who have shown exceptional achievement within their trade area with a total of 14 category winners recognised on the night.

TAFE Queensland – SkillsTech general manager, John Tucker said Connor was nominated for his exceptional skill level and his dedication to mastering his trade.   

“Troy is just one of our award winners and nominees who will go on to become future leaders in their industries, helping to build a stronger and more skilled workforce,” Tucker said.

“It is important for industry and employers to have a platform to build relationships with apprentices and this is what our event continues to achieve.

“Since the launch of the Apprentice Awards in 2018, the event has already doubled in size.”

This year’s nominees were selected from over 9,000 apprentices across carpentry, plumbing, electrotechnology, refrigeration and air conditioning, manufacturing and engineering, heavy commercial industries, light automotive, construction and furnishing trade areas.


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