Starting early

Benjamin King has always been interested in diagnosing and correcting problems with vehicles, so a future in automotive mechanics made perfect sense.

There is more than one way to receive a nationally recognised qualification, and Benjamin chose an Australian School-based Apprenticeship with Prosser Toyota, studying a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology with the Australian Trades College.

"An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is a really great way to learn," Benjamin said.

"It means I can finish school at the same time as I get some real experience with the automotive industry."

Benjamin's Australian School-based Apprenticeship has given him a lot of opportunities.

He has been able to participate in a variety of work placements, giving him a chance to experience a whole range of different areas within mechanics.

"I would definitely encourage anyone who is thinking about a trade to do it while they are still at school," he said.

"You get to meet so many interesting people, and it's a great head start on your career."

Benjamin was the 2011 Western Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and was a finalist at the Australian Training Awards.

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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