Apprentice a chip off the old block
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.