Certificate III in Shopfitting and Joinery

Turning a pastime into a successful career

On the cusp of Year 12 Joshua Morrissey had to make a choice—to go to University and work with text books or to do a trade and work with his hands. When he excelled at woodworking in his HSC, his pathway became clear.

“I know what I’m doing now was meant to be,” said Joshua. “Shortly after finishing Year 12 I was lucky enough to find an opening for a joinery apprenticeship at Classic Woodwork in Narellan, Sydney. I really love my trade, I’m in a really good space right now and a whole new world of opportunity has opened up for me.”

That is certainly the case, with Joshua winning a Gold Medal in joinery at the 2016 World Skills National Competition. He is now ‘going all out’ to be part of the international squad representing Australia in Abu Dhabi in October 2017. 

“WorldSkills has been an amazing experience,” said Joshua. “It entails lots and lots of practice and training, but it’s definitely worth it. I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Plus, the opportunity to be part of the squad is a great motivator to work even harder at honing my skills.”

His ‘essential ingredients for success’ are having good problem solving skills and communication skills to be able to work with clients, bosses and other apprentices. “It’s also really important to have confidence in yourself,” said Joshua. “If you don’t have confidence in the decisions you make, that’s when you’ll make mistakes.”

Reflecting on the decisions Joshua himself has made to get where he is today, he reflected: “I received a good ATAR and could have gone to University, but an apprenticeship has been the best pathway for me. From day one I loved that I wasn’t sitting in a classroom doing assignments; I was doing hands-on work, using tools, making things, and at the same time, earning money. I’ve learnt heaps, have a really supportive boss, and have made great mates.

“I feel really lucky to have been able to turn a pastime I enjoyed as a hobby into a successful and rewarding career where I am being paid to do something I love. Sometime in the future I am looking forward to fulfilling my dream of having my own business. If I keep learning and applying myself I’m sure the Joshua Morrissey custom joinery business will one day be a reality.”

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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