Ipswich resident Nathan Morgan is a construction trainer who leads by example.

The teacher from Services Trades College Australia was named Construction Trainer of the Year at the 2015 CSQ Excellence Awards.

Winning the award marks the culmination of a ten year journey for Nathan, who began his career as a plumber and then transitioned into a training role after sustaining a workplace injury. 

Nathan said moving into teaching felt like a natural progression. 

“When I worked as a plumber I always enjoyed spending time with apprentices and performing a mentoring role. I was always a strong advocate for training and professional development in my organisation.”

“During the course of my plumbing career I was also approached by TAFE to do some post trade training which was a good stepping stone to becoming a fulltime trainer,” he said.

Nathan is now a Lead Trainer and oversees a group of 230 plumbing students. 

He said displaying a positive attitude is one of the keys to being a successful trainer. 

“I believe that many teachers don’t understand just how much impact they can have on their students.”

“As a trainer I need to show the same passion and enthusiasm that I expect from my students. I also try to make myself available to my students if they need to talk about their concerns or other issues which may be impacting their training.”

“Winning this award has shown me that my hard work has paid off. It’s great to get the recognition and will encourage me to keep developing my skills and giving back to the industry.”
 
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said Nathan’s philosophy had impressed the CSQ Excellence Awards judges.
 
“The judges noted Nathan’s great ability to adapt to different training strategies to suit individual trainees’ needs.
 
“Nathan has gone to great lengths to identify apprentices who need nurturing and help them to gain respect for themselves, others and the environment,” he said.
 
Not one to rest on his laurels, Nathan is currently completing a Bachelor of Education while also continuing to operate his plumbing business on weekends. It’s a lot to take on, but shows the work ethic that has made Nathan one of the best in his field.