Apprentices lift NRG skill performance bar

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

NRG is aiming to produce the best apprentices in Gladstone. NRG apprentices Craig McGuinness and Sandy Mitchell have had recent success at the Central Queensland WorldSkill Competition.

Craig received first place and Sandy received second place for welding.

"It is good to win, I just practiced and wanted to win,'' Craig said.

Craig, a third year apprentice boilermaker will now get to go to Melbourne to compete in the Australian WorldSkills during May this year.

Sandy, a second year apprentice boilermaker who came in a close second was very happy with his achievement.

"The competitions are good, they tell you where you are improving,'' Sandy said.

During the competition the pair were required to demonstrate proficiency at manual metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding.

Specialist maintenance trainer John Marxsen said he wanted to get NRG apprentices back to a high standard.

"This has got to happen and we have to get ourselves going again,'' Mr Marxsen said.

Mr Marxsen praised the tradesmen who helped with the training.

"The tradesmen have been a great help putting in the effort to rebuild our apprentices' quality.''

Nine apprentices competed overall across different trades with success for Andrew Patrick third year electrician winning his section.



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