Certificate III in Cabinmaking

Cabinet Maker Joshua Boon has always had a passion working with his hands and making pieces out of timber, so an Australian Apprenticeship in cabinetmaking seemed like the natural career choice for him.

Joshua first dipped his toes in the water in Year 10 when he did a work placement at UCI Joinery in Tasmania.

“Doing one day a week in the workshop was fantastic,” he enthused.

“It gave me the opportunity to experience firsthand the career I wanted, which really cemented in my mind that this was the right path for me.”

Joshua highly recommends doing an Australian Apprenticeship, saying it is a great way to learn new real world skills that you can take anywhere, and to meet and work with people who are just as passionate as you are.

“My apprenticeship was great because every week I would be doing something different and new which helped expand my skills,” he said.

“Coupled with regular TasTAFE lessons, I was getting the best training possible to be successful into the future.

“One of the most positive things I take away from my apprenticeship is the huge amount of support I received from both TasTAFE and my employer.”

Another positive from Joshua’s apprenticeship was his win in 2018 at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition, where he won a gold medal for cabinetmaking.

Joshua has immersed himself in the learning environment, drawing on everything he has learned from his peers and his trainers; he now has an active role in teaching the new apprentices in his workplace the essentials for they need to be successful in their career.

Joshua’s plans for the future include the desire to open his own furniture business, and one day be a TasTAFE teacher so he can teach the next generation of young apprentices.

Following his WorldSkills victory, Joshua will represent Australia at the world’s biggest skills excellence competition, WorldSkills International, in Kazan, Russia, in August 2019.

Joshua is an Australian VET Alumni member and a proud advocate for the cabinetmaking industry.

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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