An apprenticeship is the best foundation to build on

Jack Donaldson used his secondary education to consider his career pathway and undertake a number of work experience placements.

With childhood memories of his grandfather, a 40-year career boilermaker, Jack was happy to be offered a fabrication apprenticeship by ASC (formerly known as Australian Submarine Corporation) in 2012.

Motivated by his training and with strong employer support, Jack completed a number of certificates during his apprenticeship and undertook both work-related and volunteer studies.

This strengthened his communication and leadership skills and his confidence and in 2016 he was named ASC’s Alan Saunders Apprentice of the Year.

Jack was recognised for his outstanding contribution to vocational education and training at the 2016 Australian Training Awards where he was a finalist in the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award after being named winner of this category in his home state of South Australia.

Jack is proud of his achievements as an apprentice. Aware his career is just beginning, he believes an apprenticeship is the best foundation to build on, whatever your career goals, as on-the-job experiences offer greater understanding of the complexities and manual skills required of the tradesperson.

"I really enjoyed my time in the metal fabrication industry. As a 21 year old, working on a project as complex as a submarine was a great honour."

Jack's career aspirations are to move into management. He has started a combined degree at the University of South Australia studying both a Bachelor of Business (Management) and a Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade).

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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