REVEALED: SB's best tradie, as voted by you
CHARLES Dickens said, 'Tradesmen are not the same as they used to be, apprentices are not the same'.
That was over 200 years ago.
It seems things have changed for the better, in the South Burnett region at least.
In the fifth week of the South Burnett Times People's Choice Awards, we asked you who is the region's best tradesperson.
The votes have been counted and it is time to announce the worthy winner.
Our high-voltage winner is Ryan Frohloff from Frohloff's electrical.
Ryan Frohloff has been running his own business for the past two years after finishing his apprenticeship in the region.
"I was doing a lot of working away. I just wanted to stay in town," he said.
"This allows me a bit more flexibility."
The award-winning electrician grew up in Kingaroy and has no plans of going anywhere else.
"We are just starting to build a house here and set up a base," he said.
He always saw himself working on the tools.
"I was never going to get into uni. I didn't go for an OP," he said.
"I had a mate who said there was a guy looking to put on an apprentice."
He said a good tradesperson is someone who takes pride in their job.
"Someone that cleans up after themselves," he said.
"If you don't like what you do and you don't care, you should get out."
The next big step in the young business owner's visions was to build the team.
"I'd like to put someone on," he said.
"I probably could do it now. It's just making sure I have the work for them."
Mr Frohloff encouraged other tradies to persevere with their career goals and said you have to be patient.
"You have just got to hang in there and keep trusting yourself," he said.
"You've got to keep knocking on doors."
Like in any industry, word-of-mouth could make or break even the biggest businesses.
"Being a small town, you have to build people's trust," he said.
There was no typical day for this fit Kingaroy sparky, but he could always guarantee one thing.
"I can find myself up in roofs or underneath houses," Mr Frohloff said.
"It changes every day."
"We do a lot of work with hot water systems or power faults."
Through his business, Mr Frohloff works closely with real estates and builders and has built a reputation as a trustworthy tradie.