Amped up on an apprenticeship

At age six, Chris Lawes’ passion for electronics was sparked by being introduced to electronics and computer programming at home.

This flowed onto a love for building circuit kits, excelling in science subjects at school before completing a pre-tertiary computer science course while in college.

The 24-year-old now has an Australian Apprenticeship in Electrotechnology, and instrumentation with TASTEC Group Training.

“I much prefer the apprenticeship learning environment, I have the help of teachers at TAFE and experienced tradespeople while on the job,” Chris said.

“By applying my classroom theory to the workplace, I better understand what I’m learning. I’m becoming fully qualified and I’m getting paid to do so.”

While still studying his dual-trade Australian Apprenticeship, Chris completed several related industry courses to increase his knowledge of the trade.

He was then given the opportunity to pass on this knowledge by mentoring first year Australian Apprentices.

Chris’ passion and eagerness within his trade was noticed by his superiors at his host employer, Nystar Hobart Zinc Smelter, and as a result he won the Skills Institute Instrumentation Apprentice of Year.

The same year, Chris was 1 of 21 Australian Apprentices who attended Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program in Canberra.

Chris is now looking after the electrical needs of a major salmon processing factory in Tasmania.

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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