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31 January 2017

Certificate II Scholarships





In January we provided 51 scholarships for Certificate II courses in construction related qualifications.

The statistics show that the majority (67%) of these courses were completed as full time qualifications. They also show that although these qualifications are still male dominated, we are seeing an increase in female participation rates.

Pictured above are some of the recipients of the scholarship proudly displaying their certificate of completion and scholarship from the Construction Training Fund.



18 January 2017

Did You Know - Henry Trigg

Did you know Henry Trigg (1791 - 1882) was the Superintendant of Public Works in Western Australia between 1839 and 1851.

He was a carpenter by trade and during his time as Superintendant he supervised the construction of the original Perth Causway (Opened 1843) and the Canning Bridge (1849).

The suburb of Trigg is named after him.

Image of the original Perth Causeway courtesy of the State Library of WA (009286d)


11 January 2017

Career Corner - Mark, Apprentice Plumber

For this months career corner, we chatted to Mark Quattrini, a fourth year apprentice plumber with MPA Skills. We wanted to find out more about his apprenticeship and what his highlights have been so far!

Tell us about your current role as fourth year Plumbing & Gasfitting Apprentice:

My current role as fourth year apprentice with MPA Skills involves working with my host employer, Fairview Plumbing & Gas, to assist in all aspects of company operations. One task I am often responsible for is the organisation and carrying out of work on both domestic and commercial construction projects. Other tasks include assisting with service disruptions, blockages, fixture upgrades and general maintenance.

What have been the highlights of your apprenticeship so far?

There have been many highlights during my apprenticeship, one of which was being able to compete in the 2016 National World Skills competition in Melbourne. Over the course of three days, myself and 15 others each constructed a complex plumbing model to within 1mm tolerance. The training leading up to the competition enabled me to practice and refine my skills as well as learn countless new ones.

Another highlight has been the progression from passing tools to my tradesmen to running my own projects, the satisfaction of putting my training into a practical sense really made me proud of my achievements and to strive to reach my next goals.

How did you get into your current position?

During high school I completed a pre apprenticeship program with MPA Skills, after which I enrolled in a full time apprenticeship, which I am now in my final year of.

Why did you choose Plumbing & Gasfitting?

There were several reasons, one being the sheer diversity of the trade. As is often said, every day is different and presents its own unique challenges. Recognising these occasions as a learning experience has led me to engage in fields of work where I never expected I would be interested.

Where would you like to see your career in 5 years time?

My five year goals comprises of many other goals, one of which is to continue challenging myself and enjoying the journey throughout my career and enjoying what I fundamentally like about being a Plumber and Gasfitter.

What do you enjoy about being involved in the WA construction industry?

It is with great pride that I am involved in the WA construction industry. The ability to contribute to the nations growth and work on projects that impact on peoples lives is exciting and gives me a sense of fulfilment that I am part of a 'bigger picture' for the WA construction practice.

Finally, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy time out with friends and family, photography, skateboarding and making things in my workshop.

For more information on a career in Plumbing and Gasfitting visit