From design to build, Richard is on his way to becoming a business owner.

Richard obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 2005 and in 2007 a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours, from the University of Tasmania. On completion of his studies Richard was offered a position with Troppo Architects, 3rd most awarded company in Australia, in Western Australia where he worked for three years as a graduate architect.

However, at age 27 with a desire to move away from a full time desk job, Richard decided to learn the practical skills behind what he was drawing and take up an Australian Apprenticeship in carpentry.

His mature-aged Apprenticeship began in 2011 with Perry and Perry Builders, and it allowed him to embrace his real passion of being involved in the building and application of the plans, as opposed to just drawing them.

“The experience was very enjoyable and rewarding.”

Richard says of his Australian Apprenticeship, “There is a great deal of personal fulfilment to see something progress from an idea to built form.”

Not only did Richard gain both practical and personal lifelong skills, his Australian Apprenticeship allowed him access to different opportunities available in the building industry – he’s now working towards his Certificate IV in Building and Construction and dreams of owning his own business that combines designing of client’s dream homes to building those homes.

“Being paid to learn was a great part of the apprenticeship, the whole experience was enjoyable and very rewarding – particularly gaining lifelong skills.”

Richard is a passionate about his work and enjoys the hands on work that an Australian Apprenticeship has offered him. And so outstanding in his studies and on the job training, he was awarded the Tasmanian Apprentice of the Year Award in 2014 and went on to represent Tasmania in the same category at the Australian Training Awards.

Richard has this advice to someone thinking about doing an Australian Apprenticeship later in life.

“Understand the industry you are interested in first – and ensure it is the correct pathway for you. Then, go for it!” Richard said.

To see Richard at work, watch The Carpenter: Richard'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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