MASTER APPRENTICE: NovaSkill Apprentice of the Year Luke Dobbs, a mechanical fitter at Ingham Enterprises, presented with his award by Ballina Shire Advocate media sales manager Alf Boston.
MASTER APPRENTICE: NovaSkill Apprentice of the Year Luke Dobbs, a mechanical fitter at Ingham Enterprises, presented with his award by Ballina Shire Advocate media sales manager Alf Boston. Contributed

Top gong for Luke

APPRENTICE mechanical fitter Luke Dobbs, 18, has a big responsibility on his shoulders when the 180-employee Ingham plant in Byron Bay has a breakdown.

"Everyone in the whole factory has to stop work until we fix the problem," the second year apprentice told The Northern Star.

"There's a lot of pressure, but I cope pretty well. We're all a team so everyone gets in and helps each other."

Last Friday night Mr Dobbs was named NovaSkill's Group Training apprentice of the year, taking out the award from 45 other nominations.

Almost halfway through his four year apprenticeship, the up-and-coming tradesman is well ahead on his TAFE studies and is a valued employee at Ingham.

Ingham plant manager David Gent, said he wasn't surprised to see Luke winning the award.

"He's a very conscientious, well-spoken and well mannered young man. Nothing's too hard - and he does a great job," Mr Gent said.

"He is punctual and reliable and has great enthusiasm to learn, you can see Luke's got drive and wants to do the best he can."

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