Meet NextGen Nominee, Lachlan Drewes, a 4th year apprentice at System Air on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

The 20-year-old was nominated for NextGen by his employer, System Air, which has offices in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Drewes enjoys being a RAC technician because the role is so varied and interesting.

“It is the best trade by far because it incorporates everything, a bit of plumbing, electrical trades and HVAC,” he said.

“My day includes regular maintenance duties, breakdowns, and the opportunity to work on a wide variety of equipment from high wall splits to VRV, DX packaged units, refrigeration and hydronic systems.

“This is a trade that can take you anywhere because it’s so broad.

“The biggest challenge with this trade is visibility but once you know about it and realise how interesting it is, there are plenty of opportunities.”

But that is exactly what NextGen is all about, raising the profile of the RAC trade and attracting more apprentices.

“I was lucky because I lived across the road from someone already in the trade and they offered me an apprenticeship straight out of school,” Drewes said.

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