Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

Jacob Offner is a boilermaker from Orange NSW, working as a project supervisor for Forefront.

“I scope jobs for customers and supervise fellow workers, sometimes up to 50 tradesmen at a time,” Jacob said.

“I left school at age 16 after completing my Year 10 School Certificate, I didn’t want to wait to start my apprenticeship as a boilermaker.

“I had a family friend who was a boilermaker and had a great influence on me wanting to complete an apprenticeship in welding and fabrication.”

Jacob has worked on mine sites and job sites all over Australia, doing various types of welding and fabrication.

“I found that every person involved in my apprenticeship was really helpful; I learnt so much more then I could have ever imagined, and I have been givens skills that I will have for life.”

Jacob echoes what so many other tradespeople say were the positive aspects of their apprenticeship.

“On the job training, as well as the practical training at TAFE, and the ability to be able to complete the theory components, all while earning an income,” he said.

“I definitely recommend an Australian Apprenticeship to anyone who is considering it, as you will learn skills that will stay with you for a lifetime. An apprenticeship will grant you endless opportunities.”

One of those opportunities Jacob has been given was the chance to compete at WorldSkills Australia in 2018, where he won a gold medal for Welding.

He will represent Australia at the world’s biggest skills excellence competition, Worldskills International, in Kazan, Russia, in August 2019.

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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