Ferry rewarding career

20 year-old South Australian Jack Kay knew that he loved the outdoors lifestyle so decided that he would pursue a trade rather than a university degree. While in secondary school he completed a Certificate II in Engineering through his school’s vocational education and training programme.

Enjoying the experience so much, Jack decided to pursue further studies the following year, enrolling in an Australian Apprenticeship to complete a Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology.

Working in Morgan, a small country down on the River Murray in South Australia, Jack assists in maintaining a fleet of thirteen ferries for Morgan Dockyards. His Australian Apprenticeship has taught him a range of skills ranging from shipboard safety to gaining his forklift and truck licences.

So passionate about his studies, Jack travels 400 kilometres for two weeks each month to undertake his off the job training with TAFE SA in Adelaide.

His commitment to vocational education and training was recognised at the 2014 South Australian Training Awards, winning the South Australian Training Awards Vocational Student of the Year. Jack also went on to represent South Australia at the Australian Training Awards the same year.

For those who are considering taking up an Australian Apprenticeship Jack says jump in!

“Go for it! I find it extremely rewarding to be part of a team of diverse ages and lifestyles while learning my trade and being part of the work force.”

“An apprenticeship gives you life experience and you’re learning on the job.”

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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