The road to success

To start an Australian Apprenticeship when you are already a successful foreman is not the most conventional career move.

But for Melbourne’s Brad Schulz it was a necessary and successful investment in his future – becoming the first apprentice team leader at his host employer, Volgren, where he manages a team of 25.

“It’s only four years but it can be life changing,” Brad said.

“The fact you’re qualified for life means that there are no closed doors and many opportunities.”

The 28-year-old is undertaking a Certificate III in Automotive Vehicle Body Making – Bus, Truck and Trailer and has also completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment demonstrating his passion for training and leading others.

Brad completed his school based training early and was given an opportunity to deliver several training blocks at the Kangan Institute – Automotive Centre of Excellence.

This is an honour only the most trusted and skilled students are given.

Brad’s talent again was recognised by Volgren in 2012 when he was nominated and accepted to attend Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program in Canberra.

“Over the course of Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders I found my mind being opened to what types of careers I can take when I’m fully qualified,” he said.“I can work for vehicle repair companies, transport equipment industries including rail transport companies or even start my own business."

Brad will be undertaking a Certificate IV in Frontline management and one day aspires to head up the apprenticeship program at his host employer, Volgren.

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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