Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Joseph started his career as soon as he finished Year 12, approaching his employer TNT Auto Sparks and successfully landing an apprenticeship. He had previously done work experience with the same workshop in 2012 and really enjoyed it.

“I chose an apprenticeship because I liked working out in the community and with my hands, having grown up on farms,” Joseph said.

“I didn’t want to go to university, and the attraction of full-time work and a qualification, with no debt at the end, was very attractive.”

Joseph found his learning experience a positive one, with supportive and skilled teachers who were always there to help.

“I’d tell anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship to go for it. The pay may not be great at first, but it’s so worth it in the long run,” he said.

“If you’ve got true grit, determination and a passion, you should definitely do it.”

“I hope to always stay at the top of the crop with new developments and encourage others to join our industry.”

Joseph wants to continue to develop his skills as his career progresses which is what led him to compete in WorldSkills where he walked away as the 2018 WorldSkills Australia Gold Medallist for Auto Electrical.

Joseph was one of only 400 apprentices from across Australia to qualify for the competition, which showcased 50 categories of expertise.

 “It was a once in a life time opportunity, to compete against the best from across Australia,” Joseph said.

“To come away in first place is unbelievable, I don't think it's sunk in yet. The experience down there was incredible.

“We had different cars and equipment that none of us were used to working with.”

Following on from his 2018 WorldSkills Gold, Joseph was selected to participate in the BBM Youth Support for Skilled Futures scholarship to further his training and professional development through work experience. He will travel to the UK to work with other Automotive Electricians for six to 12 months.

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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