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.”

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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