With more than 200 first-grade games and try scoring heroics in grand finals, State of Origin and World Club Challenge matches to his name – Anthony Quinn would have been forgiven for thinking completing his Australian Apprenticeship was a low priority.
Starting his Australian Apprenticeship in 2001 while playing with the Newcastle Knights and Anthony continued his trade when he moved to Victoria to play with the Melbourne Storm in 2007.
Anthony completed his qualification – a Certificate III in Electrotechnology – some 13 years later, upon his return to the Newcastle Knights in 2013.
“Once you have your qualification, you have security, career options and the ability to earn a similar wage to footballers,” Anthony said.
“I have been fortunate enough to be involved in some great experiences in my career, but completing my apprenticeship is the most important.”
Anthony was an apprentice mentor in the Trade UP with the NRL program, a role that saw him providing support to Newcastle’s young players and encouraging and assisting them to complete an Australian Apprenticeship.
“More than 500 occupations can be achieved via an apprenticeship meaning that there are many options to suit individual interests,” he said.
Watch Anthony in action here: Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Anthony Quinn.