SPR Murphy competing in the plumbing category at the 2014 National WorldSkills Competition.
7 July 2014
Former McLeans College student, Sapper (SPR) Jared Murphy, and now NZ Army plumber, aged 20, won a bronze medal in the plumbing category at the 2014 National WorldSkills competition held in Hamilton over the weekend.
The competition is New Zealand’s premier work-skill competition and can lead to competitors representing New Zealand in the ‘Tool Blacks’ team at the international WorldSkills competition held biannually.
SPR Murphy undertook two full days of practical and theory assessments in the plumbing category and will now go into the selection phase to represent New Zealand at the International WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil next year.
SPR Murphy joined the NZ Army at the end of 2011 and is now based at Linton as an apprentice plumber at the School of Military Engineering.
“I work on a wide range of plumbing tasks as well as gasfitting and drainlaying maintenance and servicing,” said SPR Murphy.
SPR Murphy enjoys his role in the NZ Army and says it’s great way to get some trade training and have your learning costs and tools paid for.
“I get to do many things a normal apprentice wouldn’t have the opportunity to do like being involved in military exercises, firing military weapons systems out on a range and attending physical training classes three times a week,” said SPR Murphy.
In just two and a half years with the NZ Army, SPR Murphy has already travelled overseas.
“I went to the Solomon Islands last year attached to the 25 Engineer Support Squadron as part of the Exercise Pacific Partnership, a humanitarian and disaster relief aid exercise.
“It was a great experience working in the tropical islands in a military capacity carrying out construction tasks and utilising my training as an apprentice plumber,” SPR Murphy said.