Clocking in a great career

Taking a gap year from study in laboratory medicine, Eliza became fascinated with the fine art of horology – the art and science of measuring time.

On commencing full-time employment in the watchmaking industry, her employer Aaron Lawrence, of Jeff Brown Watchmaker and Jeweller, encouraged her to undertake an Australian Apprenticeship in Watch and Clock Making.

“I have found a niche trade that I love. I enjoy the intricate detail of working on complex mechanisms and exploring the wide variety of timepieces.

“The training I received at TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute, gave me the skills I needed to be successful in this trade. In fact, so successful that I am now a partner in the business where I undertook my training!" Eliza said.

In addition to pursuing a small business management course, Eliza intends to undertake the Certificate IV in Watchmaking, with an ultimate aim to attend the Watchmakers' of Switzerland Training and Education Program in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

“I enjoy going to work every day, meeting clients and being challenged by the variety of the work I see.

“There are also many opportunities to come in this industry, so I am really excited by the thought of what the future holds!” Eliza said.

Eliza was recognised for her outstanding commitment to her studies, winning the 2012 South Australian Apprentice of the Year Award, and representing South Australia as a finalist in the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award category the same year at the Australian Training Awards.

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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