Stawell life ‘perfect’ for Hall
For Mathew Hall, completing an Australian Apprenticeship in his home town was the perfect choice.
After starting an Australian Apprenticeship as a fitter and turner in 2007, Mathew was named Victorian Apprentice of the Year at the Victorian Training Awards in 2009, won a silver medal at the 2010 WorldSkills Australia National Competition and was part of the Australian team that won a bronze medal in the manufacturing team challenge at the 2011 WorldSkills International Competition.
The Stawell resident says he is grateful for the skills learned through his Australian Apprenticeship and WorldSkills competitions.
“Undertaking an apprenticeship allowed me to work in the town I grew up in,” Mathew said.
“I worked at Stawell Engineering for more than five years – gaining experience in general engineering, maintenance, on-site work in mining and other industries around the area.
“My apprenticeship has provided me with lots of opportunities while earning good money.
“I now own my own business as a maintenance contractor, working mainly in on-site mining maintenance.
“Contracting has given me the flexibility to work on a shift roster in mining, while still being able to work on the family farm while having the potential for other local work.
“I am happy to live locally at the moment, but if things change I have a qualification which allows me the flexibility to work just about anywhere.”