Certificate III in Plumbing

A perfect 10

There aren’t many things in life that get a perfect 10, but that’s the score Jake Andrews allots to his Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) for giving him a great head start to his career.

“I come from a trade-based family and was always going to follow a trade pathway, so for me, the quicker I got into it the better,” said Jake. “The great thing about an Australian School-based Apprenticeship was that I could begin my apprenticeship and be getting paid while still working towards completing Year 12. I think the Government is spot on for offering ASbAs as they represent the best of both worlds. It’s a 10 out of 10 from me.”

Through the ASbA Jake spent 10 weeks of each school term working as a plumbing apprentice and a week back at school catching up on school-based studies. “For someone like me who’s a hands-on person the arrangement worked really well; I have completed Year 12 and am well on the way to completing my apprenticeship,” said Jake.

Clearly an enthusiastic ambassador for a trade career, Jake nominated a number of positives associated with doing an apprenticeship, including the opportunity to learn new skills, the variety of work plumbing offers and being paid to learn. “If I’d gone to University for four years I’d be paying to learn and end up with a big debt at the end. Doing a trade is the opposite. An added bonus is that in this job you meet some great workmates.”

It is clear from his infectious enthusiasm and positivity that Jake in turn would be a great workmate to have around. This is no doubt down to attitude. “I do think that attitude is everything,” said Jake. “You need to take pride in your work, always be punctual and have some initiative. You also need to show that you’re keen to learn and be enthusiastic. You can’t go to work and drag your feet around because that drags everyone around you down. When you’re having fun at work it’s heaps better and it makes the day go quicker.”

Looking to the future, Jake would like to have his own business one day, but in the shorter term wants to gain more skills by doing a Certificate IV in Plumbing. “I want to get into some more study as early as I can,” said Jake. “It will mean about a year and a half at night school while I work during the day but it will be worth it. The important thing is to keep learning and growing to progress my career to the best of my abilities.”

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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