Sweet success in a savoury business

South Australian electrician Angus Sweet installs and maintains the machinery that makes popular snacks such as Doritos,Twisties and Grain Waves.

Angus was appointed to a sought after role with the Smith’s Snackfood Company after completing an Australian Apprenticeship with Carter Holt Harvey in Mount Gambier, where he gained a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Systems Electrician through TAFE SA, Mount Gambier and Regency Park.

The 25-year-old says his success in WorldSkills competitions combined with the learning from his Australian Apprenticeship was a key reason why he was selected for the role ahead of other applicants.

“I enjoy the responsibility that comes with my role - if the machinery breaks down, it affects a range of employees and has a financial impact on the company,” Angus said.

“Knowing I have the skills to fix problems makes me feel like I have achieved something at the end of each day.”

Angus aims to complete a Diploma of Electrical Engineering, building on his experience with WorldSkills Australia where he won a gold medal at the 2012 WorldSkills Australia National Competition for his technical abilities in the Electrical Control category.

Angus’ success resulted in him being awarded a BBM scholarship which included a trip to the UK to complete a leadership and personal skills building course and work experience in four factories.

“I saw some amazing machinery in the UK, including the biggest Doritos factory in the world,” he said.

“I was able to get up close to the high-speed packaging robots which was an awesome experience.”

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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