Nothing will rival the memories of winning premierships in two countries, playing for your country or representing Queensland in state of origin for Brad Meyers.

But completing an Australian Apprenticeship is proving to be vital for the former Brisbane Bronco and Gold Coast Titan.

Brad completed his carpentry qualification while playing in the NRL – a career that spanned 228 matches including 177 in the NRL and 51 in the UK Super League for the Bradford Bulls.

In 2011, Brad was forced into retirement through injury.

“Completing my apprenticeship gave me piece of mind and the ability to pick from a range of career paths,” Brad said.

“Apprenticeships offer careers and the ability to earn great money.

“I was lucky enough to have some amazing experiences in my rugby league career, but completing my apprenticeship and gaining a national qualification has been very important for my career off-field.

“I am someone who likes the outdoors and working with my hands – so carpentry was a natural fit for me.”

Brad was an apprentice mentor with the Gold Coast Titans in the Trade UP with the NRL program where he assisted in finding employers with players who are about to start their Australian Apprenticeship.

Watch Brad's story here: Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Brad Meyers and Brad Meyers - Real skills for real careers.

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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