Gympie Glazing Works’ Chris Dale has won another award for his great work.
Gympie Glazing Works’ Chris Dale has won another award for his great work. Craig Warhurst

Chris wins trainees' gong

GYMPIE glazier Chris Dale finished his apprenticeship with Gympie Glazing Works in February, and earlier this month collected the Outstanding Apprentice award at the annual GAAQ Glass and Glazing Industry Awards.

The award was presented for third-year apprentices.

Proud employers Michael and Leisa Harch attended the awards night with Chris at the Sebel Citigate in Brisbane on July 20, where he was one of 11 apprentices state-wide to receive awards from 229 nominations.

"These awards are not handed out lightly," Mrs Harch said yesterday.

"It requires the apprentice to have exceptional talent, precision, strong work ethic and overall outstanding quality of work."

This is the second time in Chris's apprenticeship that he has won at the GAAQ Glass and Glazing Industry Awards.

Last year he received the High Achievement award for stage two in his apprenticeship.

As well as receiving a trophy, Chris, 23, won a cash voucher to spend on tools with a glazing supplier.

The Harch's are both qualified glaziers who have helped mentor Chris throughout his apprenticeship.

They are no strangers to awards themselves, with Michael receiving the Queensland Apprentice of the Year in 2008.

Recently, they took on a new apprentice, 17-year-old Brennan Wilson, who will have plenty of mentors on tap and "hopefully continue to achieve high standards during his apprenticeship".