Plumbing student Kaleb Careri-Wilson represented Box Hill Institute at the recent WorldSkills Regional Competition held at Swinburne University in Croydon.
He's currently studying a Certificate III in Plumbing and completing an apprenticeship with The Basin Plumbing Service.
Kaleb said, "I have wanted to be a plumber since I was seven because my dad is a plumber and owns his own business. After I finished year 12, I started my apprenticeship with him so that I can learn from him and take over the family business when I get my plumbing license."
Although his dad is a plumber, Kaleb was still surprised by the wide range of areas in plumbing, including water supply, gas fitting, sanitary, roofing, drainage, mechanical services (heating, cooling and ventilation), fire protection and irrigation.
Kaleb's teacher, Stephen Neasey, encouraged him to enter the WorldSkills competition due to his level of skill. While nervous, Kaleb excelled at the difficult task and managed to finish with half an hour to spare. He said, "To be given the chance to show off the skills of the trade and see other apprentices and their skills was amazing."
Kaleb is enjoying studying at Box Hill Institute and the variation between schoolwork and onsite work. He has noticed how his skills have improved. He said, "Box Hill Institute is a good TAFE. The teachers in the plumbing department are currently helping to improve the facilities and they help the students that are struggling, pushing everyone to do their best."
With his eyes on the family business, Kaleb still needs to complete his Certificate IV in Plumbing and gain his licence. He is very thankful to have the support of his teachers and his dad as he works towards his goals.