Apprentices 'more likely to stay': Gavin Lester

Former Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters winger Gavin Lester knows first-hand the benefits of employing Australian Apprentices.

Gavin is the managing director of Boomerang Constructions – a building services organisation that seeks to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander apprentices and tradespeople.

The 36-year-old says training his staff ensures Boomerang Constructions has the skills to achieve business goals.

“Hiring apprentices is preparing Boomerang Constructions for the future needs of the business,” Gavin said.

“Our apprentices receive tailored training solutions and develop the technical skills needed to provide immediate and future benefits for our company. We have found that our apprentices are motivated, hard-working and stay employed with us long term.”

Gavin remains involved in the NRL where he played 40 first-grade matches between 1998 and 2002, scoring 13 tries.

As the Sydney Roosters’ apprentice mentor in the Trade UP with the NRL program, Gavin draws on his experiences as an Australian Apprentice and now as an employer to help young players identify and start nationally recognised qualifications.

Gavin has completed a Certificate IV in Building and Construction, a Diploma in Building and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment through TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute and Master Builders.

Boomerang Constructions received a Deadly Award in 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - A Great Career Option brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre.

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