Turning a passion into an exciting career

Getting out of bed to go to work has never been a problem for Brendan Edwards.

The Abermain-resident has turned his passion for cooking and hospitality into a career through an Australian Apprenticeship.

Brendan completed his Certificate III in Commercial Cookery in mid-2014 after completing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

He has this advice.

“When you start an Australian Apprenticeship as a chef, it is a good idea to find a mentor, whether it be a chef at work or an industry advisor from a group training organisation,” Brendan said.

“Mentors are important for your development as they add extra support.

“You need to manage your time well between work and training.

“It is essential in the early stages of your career to build the basics quickly and effectively.”

Brendan completed his Australian Apprenticeship with group training organisation HTN, training provider TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute and host businesses II Cacciatore, Twine Restaurant Hunter Valley and Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

He was also involved in the 2014 Group Training Australia Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.

“My focus is to gain more experience and learn what is required in different environments before hopefully heading overseas to learn in a different culture.”

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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