Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Systems Electrician)

Chance encounter leads to career

An unplanned work experience with a local electrician ignited Rochelle Sanders’ career.

The then teenager assisted with a wiring job at the family home, an encounter that would lead her to an Australian Apprenticeship.

Rochelle signed up with group training organisation AiGTS and was soon placed at the Uncle Tobys factory in Wahgunyah in North-East Victoria.

“When I first started my apprenticeship, I didn’t know how to use tools or how electricity worked,” Rochelle said.

“Now, through four years of learning I have become proficient with tools, understand electricity and have developed into a leader.”

The 22-year-old’s development was accelerated through involvement in the 2014 Group Training Australia Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.

With Rochelle gaining her qualification in January 2015, she has this advice for school leavers.

“If you want to become an apprentice, don’t let anything stop you,” she said.

“The first six months might be hard, but it only gets better and if you believe in yourself it can be done.

“If you pay attention, listen, take initiative and are confident in yourself you are well on the way to being a successful apprentice.”

Rochelle plans to develop her electrical skills before one-day becoming self-employed and specialising in the PLC area of the trade.

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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