NRL Parramatta Eels player

Qualifications: Certificate III in Electrotechnology​, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Certificate IV in Career Development 

David Gower, Parramatta Eels second rower and qualified electrician started his Australian Apprenticeship journey before he became a professional rugby league player.

Having a father and grandfather who were carpenters, David recognised he was interested in the building industry and wanted a career that required a physically element as part of the profession. Not wanting to follow the same occupation, his family suggested the electrical industry. David knew that becoming an electrician was the right path for him. He says, “I was always relatively good at school and I enjoyed maths, which is obviously a big part of getting into the electrical industry."

David thoroughly enjoyed his time as an apprentice with Raven Electrical Pty Ltd. After two-and-a-half-years working with Raven, David moved to the United Kingdom to play football for 18 months in the English Super League. Upon return, David picked up from where he left off with Raven and transition straight back into work.

While on the tools, David was involved in some high-profile projects, including the Lane Cove Tunnel, the heritage-listed Transport House in Circular Quay and the Children’s Medical Research Institute at the Westmead Children’s Hospital.

“You have to work together with all surrounding trades to complete a project on time and to a high standard” David said. “You are learning new skills, but also interacting with people from all levels of socio-economic backgrounds and cultures on a daily level.”

 “It takes a strong work ethic, resilience, superior time management skills, a strong ability to work within a team but also the ability to show initiative when required” David said. Valued and desirable skills by any employer.

After completing his apprenticeship in 2009, David has continued studying through the vocation education and training (VET) system. David has completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Certificate IV in Career Development and a Certificate IV in Small Business. With many qualification under his belt, David has head down the path of teaching VET courses outside of football.

David has this advice for anyone thinking about doing a VET qualification: 

”Do it. Education and training is all about bettering yourself on a daily basis, and by undertaking an apprenticeship you are able to do it while being paid to learn”.


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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