‘An apprenticeship is such a useful thing’

Darwin boilermaker Mitch Hansen is using his welding skills gained from his Australian Apprenticeship to help build his father’s new house out of shipping containers.

The 21-year-old works a seven day on/off roster with GTNT and host employer GEMCO - BHP Billiton, and spends his week off constructing the home.

Mitch says that he is proud of his skills and determined to continually improve.

“If I did not have my welding skills from my apprenticeship, there is no way we would be able to make a house out of shipping containers,” Mitch said.

“People do not realise that there is quite a lot involved in being a boilermaker – you need to know how to weld different types of metal and not everyone can pick up a drawing and go ahead and make it.”

Mitch started his Australian Apprenticeship as a 17-year-old and immediately knew he had made the right decision.

“I loved working and not being in a classroom or in an office,” he said.

“An apprenticeship is such a useful thing. You can get a job anywhere, get paid excellently, the work keeps you fit and it is good fun.”

In 2013, Mitch was selected as part of Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders Program. Watch his podcast here.

Mitch is on-track to complete his Australian Apprenticeship in late-2014.

For more information about the shipping container housing project, read Mitch's Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Column.

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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