Apprenticeship proved the best start
While growing up on the family farm, 26-year-old Daniel Wilkinson developed an interest in mechanics while helping his father with farm equipment and vehicle maintenance.
Once he had completed Year 12, Daniel moved to Gladstone then Rockhampton to attend university, where he studied a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering for three years.
During this time, Daniel developed a drive and eagerness to apply his classroom theory to workplace practice, which resulted in his decision to change to an Australian Apprenticeship in engineering with MRAEL Group.
“I’ve found I enjoy the learning environment as an apprentice more than that of a university student,” Daniel said.
“Not only can I apply everything I learn at TAFE to my on-the-job training, I also earn money while I learn – something that you don’t get at university”
Nominated by his host employer, Downer EDI Rail, Daniel was accepted to attend Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program along with 20 other Australian Apprentices.
Daniel enjoys taking the initiative in the workplace and at TAFE to expand his knowledge with new learning opportunities and is an excellent role model for other Australian Apprentices.
Once Daniel has finished his Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade), he plans to return to university to complete his degree and potentially specialise in diesel fitting.