Late start pays off

To start an Australian Apprenticeship at age 24 was a big decision for Michael Honeybone.

From the small coastal town of Dunsborough, 250kms south of Perth, Michael had been employed in the lucrative mining industry for several years where he was responsible for operating and maintaining jumbo mounted rigs.

Michael was also in the midst of a promising body boarding career, ranked 31st in the world and featuring in several articles and DVDs.

Now, at the age of 26, Michael has spent the past two years as an Australian Apprentice impressing his host employer, commercial electrical company Nilsen, with his work ethic, decision making and leadership skills.

Michael credits his time in the mining industry as being the catalyst for his success as an Australian Apprentice while undertaking a Certificate III in Electrotechnology with Electrical Group Training.

“The advantage of starting an Australian Apprenticeship later in life is that I have already been exposed to the workforce and I know that this is what I want to do,” Michael said.

“The learning environment is fantastic. I really enjoy learning a skill and then practising it in the field immediately after.”

Michael one day aspires to own a company specialising in vineyard maintenance, and providing renewable energy technology.

In August 2012, Michael was nominated to attend Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program in Canberra. Watch his podcast here.

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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