Taking on an apprenticeship is a big deal, a huge commitment and a completion is a testament to great team work. JUST GO FOR IT says Damien Baker.
Damien Baker is a GoldenWest Apprenticeship’s High Achiever. As well as having finished his trade qualification – Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical Trade – on October 17, he is just a few days away from celebrating 5 years with his Host Employer Exterran.
When we asked him why he decided to do an Apprenticeship, Damien said he had been working as a labourer in construction and enjoyed working with his hands. “When the opportunity came up to get a qualification and a trade under my belt, I went for it,” he said.
“The best thing about doing an apprenticeship for me was I learnt so many things. Particularly with Exterran – there’s a large range of work that you just can’t get any many other businesses,” he said.
Damien’s advice to anyone who is given the opportunity to do an apprenticeship is to GO FOR IT!
Damien’s supervisor at Exterran was AMS Manager East Coast Graeme Smith. “Damien’s been really good, he’s diligent, has a great attitude and listens. He also has a great work ethic.”
“He’s been part of the furniture around here for a long time, it’s sad to see him go,” said Smith.
Apprenticeships offer up a lot of opportunity for anyone who is willing to make the commitment, and Damien is evidence of the opportunities for success. We are very proud of our apprentices and we wish Damien all the best as he moves on to another successful adventure in his life.