Team work the key to fitting and turning

Hands-on training and working in a team are the best aspects of a fitting and turning Australian Apprenticeship according to Mathew McGlashan.

The 22-year-old from Albion Park in New South Wales decided to start an Australian Apprenticeship in the trade after listening to advice from family and friends who believed he was well-suited.

“I knew I wanted to do a hands-on trade,” Mathew said.

“There are literally hundreds of apprenticeships to choose from in a range of different industries.

"I knew the mechanical engineering trade was the right industry for me – there are so many opportunities.”

Mathew completed a Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade) and a Certificate IV in Engineering during his Australian Apprenticeship.

He was trained by TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute while employed with C&M Leussink Engineering.

“The real-life training on actual working machinery has been the best part of the apprenticeship,” he said.

“It is giving me important skills that are needed by our industry to diagnose and solve mechanical engineering problems.”

Mathew’s employer Jason Leussink encouraged him to hone his skills by competing in WorldSkills competitions, something his employer had experienced when he competed in the WorldSkills International Competition in France in 1993.

With the support of his employer, Mathew has had great success with WorldSkills Australia.

He won a bronze medal in the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in 2012 and was selected to compete at the 2013 WorldSkills International Competition in Germany, where he represented Australia in the Manufacturing Team Challenge.

“My employer told me to give WorldSkills a go – and it’s been awesome,” he said.

“I never would have thought my apprenticeship would take me to the other side of the world.

“I met some great people, and would do it all again if I could.”

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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