Ap­pren­tice a chip off the old block

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Tamra Carr

A 20-year-old TAFE stu­dent has con­tin­ued his fam­ily’s legacy af­ter win­ning the best per­for­mance in sec­ond year of ap­pren­tice train­ing award.

Travis Fahl is com­plet­ing a fouryear Cer­tifi­cate in Re­frig­er­a­tion and Air Con­di­tion­ing at South Metropoli­tan TAFE in Perth, and has signed on as an ap­pren­tice at his fam­ily’s com­pany, Frig Tech WA.

His fa­ther, Ashley Fahl, said he was very proud of his son.

“It’s a bit of a fam­ily legacy,” he said.

“I re­ceived a sim­i­lar award back in 1988 and my brother, Roger, also got one in the early 90s.

“I’m very proud of Travis’ achieve­ment and ac­tu­ally, his younger brother Nathan is also start­ing the same TAFE course.

“But we’re try­ing not to put too much pres­sure on him, or make it seem like a big deal.”

Travis was pre­sented with his award in front of a 340-strong crowd at Crown Perth, which in­cluded live en­ter­tain­ment and sports pre­sen­ter Adrian Barich as the master of cer­e­monies.

Travis be­gan his ca­reer in the off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try, but dwin­dling em­ploy­ment caused him to hunt down other op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The former Na­gle Catholic Col­lege stu­dent says he is com­mit­ted to stay­ing in Ger­ald­ton, but is un­sure whether he wants to pur­sue the fam­ily busi­ness.

“It’s yet to be de­cided, re­ally,” he said.

“But I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to fin­ish TAFE and get my trade qual­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Travis also re­cently com­peted in WorldSkills WA and is await­ing re­sults.

The 2017 West Aus­tralian Re­frig­er­a­tion and Air Con­di­tion­ing In­dus­try Awards were spon­sored by the Air Con­di­tion­ing and Me­chan­i­cal Con­trac­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia.

Travis Fahl

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