Skills to build your own house

Philip De Jong says the flexibility of his employer and Australian Apprenticeship has allowed him to choose his own career path.

The 27-year-old from Kingston, Tasmania completed a Certificate IV in Carpentry with Fairbrother Pty Ltd and is now working in project management and estimating.

He says having the practical experience from working on the tools during his Australian Apprenticeship will be invaluable as he progresses into a career in project management.

“I said to my boss that project management and estimating was where I wanted to get to, and they were really good about it,” Philip said.

“I tried a range of roles during my apprenticeship and I was already involved in the office while I was an Australian Apprentice.

“Part of the reason I opted to do an Australian Apprenticeship was so I had the practical skills and experience behind me.”

Philip became the third Fairbrother employee in three years to win the Master Builders Australia Apprentice of the Year award in 2013 – following on from James Gamble in 2012.

“The best thing about my Australian Apprenticeship was seeing what you have achieved at the end of a day,” he said.

“I definitely recommend doing an Australian Apprenticeship – I am in my mid-20s, am fully-qualified and have finished building my own house.”

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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