Luke Davis was familiar with carpentry, having always enjoyed helping his father with home renovations. When deciding in Year 10 what he wanted to do after school, he chose an Australian Apprenticeship.

“I saw an apprenticeship as the perfect way to undertake a trade that interested me, learn skills in the hands-on and practical way I enjoy, and get paid for it.”

Luke began his Certificate II in Carpentry in Year 11 at Marcellin Technical College and really valued being able to work in a practical way whilst also completing his South Australian Certificate of Education. Following Year 12, Luke undertook his apprenticeship through the Master Builders Association, training with TAFE SA and completing his Certificate III in Carpentry. 

“Through the Master Builders Association I had good hosts who were effective teachers and gave me valuable opportunities to learn a broad range of carpentry skills,” said Luke.

Luke recommends that anyone who enjoys practical learning and is willing to work hard should go for an Australian Apprenticeship.

“There are so many opportunities to learn practical skills that last a lifetime, and a trade is a great way to cement successful future.”

Luke believes starting his carpentry apprenticeship is the best thing he’s ever done and considers the key skills for success in the trade are to have a good attitude towards learning, be hard-working and enjoy practical work.

His career highlights so far include winning the South Australia Master Builders Apprentice of the Year award and being invited to Canberra as part of a roundtable meeting with the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.

Now, after completing his apprenticeship, Luke’s options are endless. Having already purchased his first home and undertaken further study including in legal and finance, his immediate plans are to keep working with Tonkin Schutz Design Build and expand his carpentry skills. Luke intends to continue training and obtain his builders license, with the vision of one day starting his own carpentry business or building company.

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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