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Plumbing apprentice takes out inaugural Frank Maskell Award

22 Oct 2015

Rory Hambrook, a Melbourne Polytechnic Certificate III in Plumbing student and apprentice at Roofrite Guttering and Roofing Systems, has won the first ever Frank Maskell General Plumbing Award in the inaugural Plumbing and Fire Industry Awards.

The Plumbing and Fire Industry Awards is a new joint initiative by the Master Plumbers, the National Fire Industry Association, the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre and the Plumbing Trades Employees Union.

The aim of the Plumbing and Fire Industry Awards is to bring together the plumbing and fire protection industries and recognise excellence in the training and development achievements of individuals. The awards recognise plumbers and fire protection professionals at every stage of their career and across the various disciplines.

The Frank Maskell General Plumbing Award is named after Frank Maskell who joined the Master Plumbers’ and Mechanical Services Association in 1902. The award is given to a fourth year apprentice who has excelled in general studies – including sanitary, drainage and roofing. Rory, pictured above with teacher John Crawley, received an award, a certificate of excellence and $1,000.


Kimberly Smyth (above right) of Hey Sista Plumbing, an apprentice studying her Certificate III in Plumbing at our Heidelberg campus, also shone at the awards as a finalist in the Rose Curtis Award. The Rose Curtis Award is presented to a female apprentice or professional who has excelled in her trade.

Congratulations to both Rory and Kimberly for being recognised for their hard work and commitment to their career.


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Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.