Dad's advice taken literally by apprentice
A Fairlie apprentice plumber says keeping an open mind helped him win a top apprentice award.
Andrew McKerchar received The Skills Organisation's Apprentice of the Year award at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology's awards night on December 4.
McKerchar said Cassie Plumbing owner Nick Cassie, took him on when he left Mackenzie College two years ago with "no idea" what to do next. He enjoyed plumbing, which he said required "thinking in puzzles" and an open mind. His work had been surprisingly varied, and he looked forward to completing the apprenticeship with the firm through the distance-learning Skills Organisation in two years' time.
Cassie said McKerchar's rapport with clients and "can-do attitude" made him an asset in the company.
"A lot of them [young apprentices] are just happy to stand around looking at their cellphones. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty."
McKerchar's father Neil McKerchar said he was proud of what his son had achieved since finishing at Mackenzie College.
"I always said 'make sure you're top of the class'. I didn't think he'd take it literally."
- The Timaru Herald