Fit for a hands-on career
A childhood fascination with machinery naturally translated into a fitting and turning career for Philip Matthews-Frederick.
Philip’s passion for the trade and ability to solve mechanical problems with a perfectly designed and manufactured solution ensured he was selected to compete at the 2013 WorldSkills International Competition in Leipzig, Germany.
The 26-year-old competed alongside Rowan Diggins and fellow Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Mathew McGlashan in the Manufacturing Team Challenge.
Philip’s selection to compete in Germany came after winning a silver medal at the 2012 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in the Turning category.
The Brisbane-resident says his Australian Apprenticeship and involvement with WorldSkills Australia has prepared him for a successful career.
Philip completed a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Maintenance) through SkillsTech Australia while employed with Mendham Engineering where he plans to continue working.
“My employer has played a crucial role in developing my technical skills to a high-level,” Philip said.
“The practical learning environment of an apprenticeship enables you to grow and learn in a supportive environment.
“New technology is changing our work – but I feel confident that I am up-to-date with modern techniques thanks to my apprenticeship.”