Queensland Moulding Apprentice of the Year Matt Davies back in the Bundaberg Metal Industries foundry.
Queensland Moulding Apprentice of the Year Matt Davies back in the Bundaberg Metal Industries foundry. RON BURGIN

Bundaberg apprentice wins award

THREE years of hard work has paid off for Bundaberg Metal Industries worker Matthew Davies, who was recently recognised as the Australian Foundry Institute (AFI) Queensland Achiever of the Year Moulding Achiever.

As part of his prize, Mr Davies was invited to attend the AFI’s annual conference in Melbourne.

“It was a bit cold,” he said.

Mr Davies said he great time in Melbourne and that it was interesting to get the chance to talk to people who had been in the industry for some time.

The apprentice moulder said he had entered the competition through TAFE and was surprised when he was announced the winner.

“I didn’t think it was going to be me,” he said.

For Mr Davies, the award comes as he prepares to finish his apprenticeship, hoping to have everything “signed off” before Christmas.

“I will probably stay on and keep doing what I’m doing,” he said.

Mr Davies said the journey to Melbourne began when he entered the competition on a regional level.

“They had a competition going at TAFE and they had three judges and I ended up winning that and then went to the state awards,” he said.

As well as the trip to Melbourne, Mr Davies also received two certificates, a trophy, a grinder and some books for winning the award.

“The books are pretty good; they are considered to be a bible in our industry,” he said.

Mr Davies said he had not considered doing an apprenticeship until it was suggested to him while he was working at the Bundaberg Metal Industries foundry.

The Achiever of the Year awards is open only to apprentices.



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