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Darcy takes on second trade

Warwick apprentice, Darcy Kuilboer has always had a passion for the engineering industry and is now part the way through his second apprenticeship.  Darcy, who is already a tradie, holding a Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication and has recently commenced another engineering apprenticeship in sheet metal. 

With a trade certificate in engineering fabrication, Darcy was keen to expand his skills and knowledge of the engineering industry when an apprenticeship in sheet metal work was advertised with Golden West Apprenticeships and CSM Service Bodies.  “I feel most at home and love working in engineering, when the apprenticeship in sheet metal came up with Golden West Apprenticeships, I jumped at the chance to further my knowledge”.

Darcy’s host employer, CSM Services Bodies could see the value Darcy’s previous industry experience would bring to their organisation.  Joel Muller, Production Branch Manager from CSM said “Darcy already having had experience in a similar trade has meant that we have been able to up skill him faster and we will be able to sign him off as a tradesman soon”. 

There is a growing demand from businesses seeking to take on apprentices who can be signed off as tradespeople earlier.  “Businesses are offering apprenticeships to workers with previous industry experience and we are seeing a large number of apprenticeship vacancies in the engineering and construction industries” said Camille Johnson, CEO of Golden West Apprenticeships.  “For trades assistants and others working in the industry, there is an opportunity to be recognised for the skills and knowledge they have collected through work and life experiences” said Ms Johnson.  “The Recognition of Prior Learning process allows workers to transfer this into an apprenticeship, and reduce the time it takes to complete an apprenticeship”.

After commencing his apprenticeship in October last year, Darcy is already in third stage as his previous skills and knowledge has been recognised and credited toward his apprenticeship. 

Darcy is encouraging anyone already working in the industry to consider taking on an apprenticeship “it’s a fantastic way to pursue your hobbies and the apprenticeship also gives you valuable skills”. 

Once his apprenticeship is completed, Darcy is keen to impart his knowledge of the trade onto others, and has career aspirations of become a dual tradesperson to pass along his skills to new apprentices joining the workforce “I hope to become a dual tradesman, and maybe one day move up the ladder into a supervisor role” said Darcy.

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