Dramatic change in career for Mill Park plumber

Dramatic change in career for Mill Park plumber

  • Published on Tuesday 18 November, 2014
  • 2 min. to read


Yorick (Qingxiang) Ling won the 2014 MEGT Apprentice of the Year. At age 39, Mr Ling is not a young man entering the workforce for the first time; he was a general surgeon in China and upon settling in Australia, determined he would take the advice of a friend to become an apprentice plumber.

Mr Ling was prompted to make a total career change because he knew there were great job opportunities for the trade and to re-establish a medical career in Australia would require a higher level of English language skills.

He says he has been enjoying working outside instead of working the whole day in an office and is using his holidays to get outdoors and see Australia.

Andrew Malcolm, Mr Ling’s MEGT Field Officer employed him while he was doing his Certificate III in Plumbing and placed him with WP Contractors, a general domestic plumbing firm, for the work experience component of his qualification.

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“Yorick was selected to win the MEGT Apprentice of the Year Award because he has an excellent work ethic and passed 100% of his Journeyman’s exam for all five facets. The assessor commented that he had never seen anyone in his time perform so comprehensively and so well. He has a very positive attitude, takes great care with his work and was extremely highly regarded by his host employers for his knowledge, work ethic and dedication to his trade.”

Mr Ling’s Award as the 2014 MEGT Apprentice of the Year is accompanied by $2,500 worth of Bosch tools and $200 worth of equipment from RSEA.

MEGT currently has 20 vacancies for plumbing apprentices around Australia. Visit: http://apprenticeshipjobs.com.au/