Opportunity knocks for young apprentices
The scope of opportunity gained from a young local's boilermaker and welding apprenticeship has him convinced he has chosen the right trade.
Joseph Borg began his school-based Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication in February 2013. The Year 11 Dalby State High School student's interest in the trade sparked after he completed work experience at Thomas Manufacturing during a school connect program. Shortly after his placement, he was offered an apprenticeship position.
Joseph said one of the most interesting aspects of his trade is the level of thought that goes into each project. "There is so much involved in it. There is a lot of planning behind the structure when you're building," he said.
The work may be difficult at times, but Joseph said the end result was worth it.
"Once you'be built something, you have the satisfaction of seeing it completely together," he said.
Joseph's motivation to get a head start in his trade gained him a 2013 Origin Community Skills Scholarship to support his training which he has used to purchase his own tools. Joseph is committed to sticking with his chosen trade and hopes to travel for work in the mining and construction industry once he is fully qualified.
Joseph recommends his apprenticeship to other young job seekers who are looking to gain skills useful in a variety of fields.
(Article appeared in Dalby Herld on October 29, 2013).