Logan resident James Fallon is a young man on a fast track to success in the construction industry.

The 18-year-old, currently in the second year of his apprenticeship, has already made impressive strides in his plumbing career since attending the Australian Industry Trade College (AIT) where he graduated last year with the school’s very own Apprentice of the Year Award.

James was also named Construction School Student of the Year at the Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Excellence Awards last November in recognition for his diligence in training.

James said he has grown steadily in confidence under the guidance of Loganholme business OS plumbing where he is now working full time.

“It’s been exciting to undertake many different types of plumbing work across Queensland and I am now working on units in Redbank Plains which is an entirely new experience,” he said.
 
“You are always learning as a tradesman and no two days are the same which is a great motivator to keep working hard and learning new skills.
 
“Like any job, it has its ups and downs. There are moments of stress but it’s good to overcome them and keep your eye on the prize.”
 
James recalled the moment when he was named the winner of the Hutchinson Builders Award for Construction School Student of the Year in front of his peers at the CSQ Excellence Awards.
 
“I remember being so nervous because I didn’t know what to expect and I was one of the last people to be called on stage,” he said.
 
“To be rewarded for my efforts was a real honour but I think at the end of the day I was happiest to make my boss and family proud.”
 
While the recognition has been a confidence boost, James said the chance to make connections with fellow tradesmen was more rewarding than any trophy he could receive.
 
“Meeting fellow young construction workers was the most exciting part because I was able to make connections that I will keep for years to come,” he said.
 
“I definitely recommend the ceremony for up-and-coming apprentices looking to build long-lasting friendships which can open the door to new opportunities.”
 
James is already setting new goals as a plumber, with future plans to complete his certificate IV in Plumbing and Drainage and to do his own contract work.
    
Nominations for the 2016 Construction Skills Queensland Excellence Awards are now open.
 
For more information, or to nominate visit www.csq.org.au.
 
 
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About Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)
 
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. Funded by an industry training levy, we work closely with students, schools, employers, apprentices, industry partners, training providers and individuals across Queensland to build capability at every level of business. As a recognised industry leader, our mission is to promote the building and construction industry as a career of first choice, encourage investment in skills and training and increase the number of skilled workers in the industry.