Glazier's skills shine through

AWARD-winning third-year apprentice Chris Dale is off to a flying start in his glazing career.

The 22-year old is following in the footsteps of his employers, Michael and Lisa Harch, with a high achievement in the Glass and Glazing Industry Awards for the standard of skills demonstrated in his second year.

The Harch’s have five such awards between them for the workmanship shown at Tafe during their own apprenticeships and are passing on the high level of technique taught to them by their mentor and former business partner Geoff Stolberg.

Mr Dale said he simply “did his best and that was enough”. He was up against a lot of tough competition.

Mr Harch said it was the variety of work carried out at Gympie Glazing had given them with the experience required to be competent in all aspects of the industry. Nominations are made by the Tafe teachers based on skills demonstrated throughout the course.

“Chris has the level of technique and ability to do it properly,” he said.

“We do a lot of everything here and don’t focus on just one aspect of the industry like some glaziers do.”

The winning ingredient? “We try to uphold a standard of work for our clients that we would expect in our own homes,” Mr Harch said.