Mechanically minded

Time spent working on the family farm has proved to be invaluable for Newcastle resident Andrew Godwin.

The 26-year-old completed a Certificate II in Agriculture while working on the farm after year 12 leading him to a Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter) with HVTC and now into a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at university.

“The wealth of knowledge I gained from working with older tradesmen is incredible,” Andrew said.

“The opportunities to learn are so much greater than just sitting in a classroom. As an apprentice you go out and put all that theory into practice.”

Through an accelerated learning program Andrew has now completed all the theory requirements of his trade certificate and is continuing with his university studies.

In August 2012, Andrew was one of the 21 Australian Apprentices accepted to attend Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program in Canberra. Watch his podcast here.

“The Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders experience was dumbfounding; we all walked in not knowing a thing about what was happening and walked out feeling more enlightened, especially when it came to what I can do with my skills,” Andrew said.

Andrew also puts a priority on managing his volunteer commitments – He is a part of the Newcastle University Mountaineering Club Committee and a volunteer in the NSW Rural Fire Brigade.

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