Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Loving the switch
Nicholas Lennox is no stranger to the world of apprenticeships. With a qualification as a sheetmetal worker already under his belt, Nicholas was tempted into the entirely different world of electrotechnology by his big brother, the boss of Big T Electrical in Bundaberg, Queensland.
“It’s a big switch but I’m loving it,” said Nicholas. “I enjoyed the sheetmetal trade, but the opportunity to gain another trade was too big to pass up.”
Having done one apprenticeship, Nicholas wasn’t fazed by the prospect of undertaking further training, enjoying the opportunity to acquire new skills and the mix of theoretical and practical work between TAFE and his workplace.
Spotted as a high achiever by his TAFE teachers, he was encouraged to enter the regional WorldSkills competition, and vindicated their faith in him by winning the Gold Medal in Electrotechnology at the 2016 National Competition. “It was really exciting to be part of something as big as WorldSkills,” said Nicholas. “I gained lots of confidence and improved my skills at the same time, and that’s been really beneficial back at work.”
It’s also been really beneficial to his career. Following his success at WorldSkills, Nicholas is one of 16 national competition medalists to have been selected to take part in the BBM Youth Support Award for Skilled Futures Scholarship to further his training and professional development through work experience in the UK. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop and learn new skills and techniques and bring these home to benefit my workplace and the industry,” said Nicholas.
Nicholas loves the practical side of his work and the opportunity to work on the electrical requirements for large projects from go to whoa—lifts, technology, telephone, airconditioning and so on. “There’s lots of variety and it’s never boring,” he said. “I also enjoy the interactions with customers and other tradies. I’d recommend the trade to anyone—you’ll be learning and getting paid, and you’ll have something for life. That’s a good insurance plan for the future.”