Double the aspiration

After eight work placement rotations and now in his second Australian Apprenticeship, Gerard Dillon has developed a range of skills that open up many career possibilities.

The 23-year-old started his Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology with Nova Skill on completion of his Year 12 certificate and has rotated through eight different work placements.

Gerard has proved to be an asset to each team and has applied his wide ranging knowledge to his work.

“My time as an Australian Apprentice has been a great learning experience and the people have been so supportive,” Gerard said.

“It was an opportunity to hone my skills in a workplace environment while still earning qualifications that set me up for the rest of my life.”

While still an apprentice, Gerard enrolled in additional studies - a Certificate III in Auto Electrical Technology which opens up more career paths for the Hunter Valley resident.

In August 2012, Gerard was one of the 21 Australian Apprentices selected from the group training network’s 35,000 to attend Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program in Canberra.

Gerard’s long term goals are to expand the mechanical contracting business that he set up as an Australian Apprentice and continue to work with his host employer Coal & Allied.

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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