‘Kid from the country’ succeeds
Jadon Tree hopes his success as an Australian School-based Apprentice will inspire other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to pursue their dreams.
The 18-year-old was a national finalist at the 2013 Australian Training Awards after winning South Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year.
He is midway through his Australian Apprenticeship where he is on-track to gain a Certificate III in Electrotechnology with TAFE SA.
“Being able to succeed through my Australian School-based Apprenticeship gives a lot of people hope, especially being a kid from the country with not many opportunities,” Jadon said.
“When I finished secondary school, I had already been working for a year and had a job thanks to my Australian School-based Apprenticeship.
“It is only four years to do a trade and you always have that qualification to fall back on.
“Australia is always going to needs tradespeople.”
Jadon is aiming to complete his Certificate III before deciding on his future.
“There are many possibilities once I am qualified – whether I want to further myself as an electrician, dual-trade in other areas such as instrumentation or refrigeration, or go to university and complete an electrical engineering degree,” he said.