Apprentice: Certificate III in Mechanical Engineering

Kelvin grew up on his parent's farm in Lismore, NSW before moving to Ballarat in Victoria for work.

Kelvin acquired the taste to work within the manufacturing industry after his Year 10 work experience. He enjoyed his two weeks work experience so much that he decided to do some experience which led to the same company offering him a school-based apprenticeship which he accepted.

Kelvin's job offers a huge range of tasks, which keeps him interested. He sees a wide range of different machines that are either made from scratch or performs routine maintenance on tasks.

Kelvin believes the biggest benefit of pursuing a career via the vocational education and training pathway is that once you start your apprenticeship or traineeship you earn money straight away. He believes other benefits are that you're learning the practical part as well as the theory and that this type of study is the best for the hands-on type of people.

Kelvin aims to complete his apprenticeship and look at widening his skills by doing extra courses within the trade. He would like to start his own business, building custom off-road vehicles.

Kelvin won silver in the Turning and gold in the Fitting categories at the 2015 WorldSkills Australia competition. Kelvin was later selected in the Skillaroos team to compete at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition held in Brazil.

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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