Patrick’s rapid rise to business owner

The Australian Apprenticeships pathway was not immediately obvious to Patrick Janes.

Despite growing up on a farm and learning to weld from his father at age 10, the 2013 Australian Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards says he initially assumed he would study at university after school.

The decision to complete an Australian School-based Apprenticeship as a teenager was a pivotal moment for the now 24-year-old.

Patrick’s Australian School-based Apprenticeship was a lead-in to his Australian Apprenticeship – where he gained the Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade in 2012 ahead of schedule.

“I always enjoyed making things with my hands and completing my school-based apprenticeship made my future much clearer,” Patrick said.

“I loved the style of learning a skill at trade school and then applying it to real work situations straight away, while still being in school.”

The Ballarat-resident completed his training for his Australian Apprenticeship through the University of Ballarat while employed with W.R & R.J Hunter Pty Ltd General Construction Engineers.

His employer was so impressed with Patrick’s enthusiasm, skills and dedication that he sold the business to him.

Patrick is aiming to provide similar opportunities and learning experiences to his own Australian Apprentice in the near future.

“The great thing about an apprenticeship is that you really can turn your hobby into a career,” he said.

“If you love what you are doing then it is easy to get out of bed in the morning.”

Watch how Patrick reacted to being named Australian Apprentice of the Year at the 2013 Australian Training Awards.

Watch Patrick in action here: The Metal Fabricator: Patrick's Story.

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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