Having a skill beyond the football field is something Kevin Sheedy understands well, having completed a plumbing apprenticeship and working as a plumber for a number of years when he started his career in professional football.

"Completing an Australian Apprenticeship was one of the best things I ever did," Kevin said.

"The skills I learnt set me up for life."

Kevin coached AFL team the Essendon Bombers between 1981 and 2007 before guiding the league's newest club, the Greater Western Sydney Giants, through their first two seasons in the AFL in 2012 and 2013.

Kevin also works with the Australian Government to encourage Australians of all ages to realise their potential through an Australian Apprenticeship.

"I encouraged all my players to have a balanced lifestyle," he said.

"Football won’t last forever, but having a piece of paper that can set you up for life is crucial to a successful career after footy."

Watch video of Kevin Sheedy and video AFL SportsReady Founder, Kevin Sheedy AM

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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