Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Like most school-based apprentices, Anthony Ters already had his career choice firmly made while he was still young and in school.

So it made sense for him to pursue a school-based apprenticeship while continuing his studies, allowing him to begin his apprenticeship while concurrently completing Year 12.

“Since I was young I was always interested in mechanic work; I helped my dad fix cars at home, including working on two project cars with him,” Anthony said.

“I became really passionate and it was in Year 10 that I knew I didn’t just want a Year 12 HSC, but a head start in the TAFE course, so I enrolled in a school-based apprenticeship at the Saint Yon Trade Training Centre in Bankstown, NSW.”

Anthony had the support of his parents, who had observed and fostered his love of project cars. They also recognised the flexibility and opportunities that would become available for Anthony in the automotive industry.

It was the hands-on experience, coupled with the knowledge and support provided by his teachers that Anthony saw as the most positive aspects of doing a school-based apprenticeship.

“Throughout the whole experience, the teachers were encouraging and provided heaps of support,” Anthony said.

“It was a new experience, different to school, because it was hands-on, practical and relevant to current technology advancements.

“I would tell anyone considering a school-based apprenticeship to give it a go.  The teachers are always willing to provide help, plus you don’t need to wait until you finish Year 12, as you attend school, get a HSC and can still hang out with friends.”

After winning the bronze medal for automobile technology at the 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Anthony is now in training to compete on the international stage at WorldSkills International Championships in Kazan, Russia later this year.

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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