Robert’s race to readiness

For 23-year-old Robert Reynolds, finishing his TAFE studies came ahead of schedule.

Building on a Certificate II in Construction that he received in year 12, Robert had his competencies signed off two years early.

He now has time to further complement his trade skills by undertaking a computer-aided design (CAD) course while still working for Central Coast Group Training (CCGT) and his host employer, Open Shutters.

“As an apprentice I’ve honestly learnt so much more than just sitting in a classroom,” Robert said.

“I’ve been able to learn things I wouldn’t have learnt at university, like the business related side of the trade.”

Robert has already shown great ability and leadership within his trade and has been entrusted to train other staff at Open Shutters.

In August 2012, Robert was nominated and accepted to attend Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, ACT. Watch his podcast here.

The Central Coast resident is expected to finish his Australian Apprenticeship on-the-job training six months early and hopes to continue working with his host employer.

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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