LEARNING JOURNEY: Owner of Peter Farquharson's Painting Services Peter Farquharson has second-year apprentice Macayla Dalziell on deck.
LEARNING JOURNEY: Owner of Peter Farquharson's Painting Services Peter Farquharson has second-year apprentice Macayla Dalziell on deck. Caroline Tung

GAGAL apprentice a promising painter, already 'does it all'

SECOND-YEAR automotive spray painter Macayla Dalziell is a happy apprentice in Gladstone.

Originally from Rockhampton, Ms Dalziell attended high school at Mount Larcom, and did work experience at Peter Farquharson's Painting Services in Year 10. For her, it's gaining a range of skills and having fun during her apprenticeship that makes the learning experience worthwhile.

"It's not just door skin, it's repairing and all that as well,” Ms Dalziell said.

"Rubbing down, masking, painting, I've done them all.

"It's fun, cool, and saves me from doing nothing.”

Business owner Peter Farquharson is already considering hiring more apprentices with Gladstone Area Group Apprentices after benefiting from their services and support for the first time.

And it's clear the trainer and apprentice duo have a good time working together.

"(Macayla) badgered me into (the apprenticeship),” he joked.

Ms Dalziell is already showing signs of becoming a qualified automotive spray painter, according to her employer, even though the path ahead is still unplanned.

"She's already done a couple of resprays, and she's only in her second year,” Mr Farquharson said.

"She's got a car in the spray booth ready to go now. I won't be painting it, it's her job.”

From organising "all the work” and materials to making sure Ms Dalziell is "doing everything safely”, Mr Farquharson is teaching her "all the new tools” to become a success.

He said Ms Dalziell had adapted "quite well”.

"I don't' need to give her a lot of instructions any more,” he said.

"I can just tell her to go and do something and she goes ahead and does it.”

After nearly 18 months, Ms Dalziell can repair cars and small dents, as well as performing nifty tasks such as pulling plastic bars apart and putting them back together.

For Mr Farquharson, apprentices are the future of trades.

"If there's no apprentices, where are we going to get tradespeople from down the track?” he said.

"There's already a shortage of tradesmen, so we need apprentices.”

Mr Farquharson said hiring apprentices is about "teaching them how to do things right”.

He credits GAGAL for being "easy to get along with”, and for taking away the administration side of the apprenticeship.

"They take care of all the payroll, work boots, tools and everything,” he said.

"We've never had a drama,” he said.

Mr Farquharson said he would recommend GAGAL to other employers.



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