Energy to get ahead

Even as a teenager, Emerson Lievense knew exactly what career he wanted to aim for - and he didn't want to wait around to get there.

At only 16, he became the youngest person ever to be employed as an offshore apprentice with Apprenticeships Australia.

By age 20, Emerson had completed an Australian Apprenticeship as an instrumentation electrician with Woodside, and is now employed there as a maintenance technician.

"Completing an Australian Apprenticeship has opened up a world of flexible and exciting career opportunities for me," Emerson said.

Emerson works on one of the world's premier liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants on the north-west coast of Western Australia - Woodside's Pluto plant.

And he is complementing his apprenticeship training with a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland.

"Without the training during my apprenticeship, I would not have been prepared for the challenges of working on a major hazard installation.

"I have now got the skills and confidence I need to maintain the equipment to the highest professional standards."

In 2010, Emerson was the winner of the Western Australia Apprentice of the Year award, was a finalist the same year at the Australian Training Awards and won the 2011 Group Training Australia Apprentice of the Year award.

Emerson now works offshore on the Shell Korea Ltd, Prelude Fling Project.

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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