Sealing the deal with an Australian Apprenticeship

William Bongers knew from an early age that he was destined to complete an Australian Apprenticeship.

His love of the outdoors and working with his hands combined with an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in Year 11 and 12 sealed the deal for the 22-year-old.

He says he loved every minute of his Australian School-based Apprenticeship where he gained a Certificate II in Carpentry, while completing Year 11 and 12.

William continued on, starting an Australian Apprenticeship with Westvic Staffing Solutions and BDH Constructions in 2010, where he is on-track to gain a Certificate III in Carpentry.

“The best things about my apprenticeship were meeting new people, working in a good environment and being able to see what you have done after a day’s work,” William said.

“It is really satisfying to look back at the end of a job and say, I built that.”

The Colac-resident was part of Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders Program in 2013 and hopes to become a project manager in the future. Watch his podcast here.

He says he will start a Certificate IV in Building and Construction once he has completed his Australian Apprenticeship.

“I would love to be project managing or running my own business in the future – just to keep challenging myself,” he said.

“Carpentry is a great trade to have, you can work pretty much anywhere with it.”

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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