Certificate III In Electrotechnology Electrician
Loving life doing a trade
Josh Cosgrove always knew he wanted to do a trade—the question was which one? Building and carpentry were initial frontrunners in his considerations but after an 18-week exposure to electrotechnology he was sold.
“As part of my HSC I completed a TVET Electrotechnology pre-vocational program,” said Josh. “I found it interesting and fun and that helped me make up my mind to do an electrotechnology apprenticeship. It also helped that my brother was doing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship and was thoroughly enjoying it. I thought if he can love life doing a trade, so can I!”
Josh has nothing but praise for the quality of his training, both at Meadowbank TAFE and on the job with his host employer, Star Group in Sydney. “I was a bit concerned at first because I’d heard the technical side was tricky, but I found if you took TAFE seriously, knuckled down and listened, it really paid off. And my TAFE teachers were always available to offer one-on-one help if needed. I’ve also had really good quality tradesmen teaching me on the practical side and that has helped enormously.
“One of the things I find most beneficial is that my training has an immediate effect; what I learn in the morning I can put into practice in the afternoon, which is different from the theoretical base of many university courses.”
Josh’s advice for anyone considering doing an electrotechnology apprenticeship is to ‘give it a go’. “You’ll need to be on the ball and alert with respect to the safety aspects, you’ll need good communication skills to get along with people and you’ll need to have the confidence to speak up and ask questions if you’re not sure about something. If you put the effort in, the rewards will follow. It’s been an unreal experience for me and everything has lived up to my expectations.”