Patrick Keating.

Plumbing apprentice and WorldSkills gold medallist Patrick Keating has been named Bendigo TAFE’s 2018 Apprentice of the Year.

The Bendigo TAFE Apprentice and Industry Awards were held on Monday night, and acknowledged a record number of award recipients with more than 60 awards being presented to next the generation of builders, painters, plumbers, cooks, hairdressers and other occupations.

The awards night highlighted that apprenticeship training at Bendigo TAFE continues to provide outcomes that are held in high regard by local trade and non-trade employers alike.

The night’s top prize, the 2018 Apprentice of the Year, was presented by City of Greater Bendigo mayor and Bendigo TAFE board deputy chair, Marg O’Rourke, and Bendigo TAFE board member Anne Brosnan.

Mr Keating’s strong work ethic and continued commitment to his studies had impressed judges from day one, also leading him to win the Gold Medal at the National WorldSkills Competition held in Sydney last year.

In 2019, Mr Keating is not slowing down as he trains to confirm his position on Team Australia to compete alongside 60 other countries at the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia later this year.

Accepting his prize, he  thanked his family, friends and his bosses at Phoenix Plumbing and Solar Hot Water as well as WorldSkills Australia for giving him the opportunity to compete.

He also thanked the teachers at Bendigo TAFE for encouraging him to enter WorldSkills and helping him throughout his apprenticeship.