Certificate III in Carpentry
A pathway paved with gold
Ryan Grieger was always intent on doing an apprenticeship thanks to his Dad’s encouragement. The question was, ‘which pathway to choose’?
It was his exposure to carpentry at school that answered this question for Ryan and since then he has never looked back. Not only have the skills he’s acquired through his apprenticeship earned him gold medals in carpentry at the regional and national 2016 WorldSkills Australia Competitions, but to top it all off he was awarded the Best in Nation award at the National Competition, achieving the highest mark of all 500 plus competitors.
“I always had a dream to represent my country, but the original plan was to do that through athletics,” said Ryan. “When a femur fracture made that impossible, I thought that was the end of my dream until I discovered WorldSkills and began competing in carpentry. Now I’m a member of the WorldSkills Australia Skills Squad team and all my focus is on training to be selected for the Australian international team.”
Ryan undertook his training at the Tonsley campus of TAFE SA and is now employed at the building firm BJ and VL Duldig in the Adelaide Hills. He says his apprenticeship ‘flew by’—a sure sign that he was enjoying what he was doing. “For me there were so many positives—getting out of school and learning on the job, and being able to work and earn at the same time, unlike Uni where you have fees to pay and may not have much, if any, money coming in.”
Ryan credits his employer’s perfectionist ways for helping him get where he is. “My boss is a stickler for doing things the right way without taking any short cuts and that’s why he has the great reputation he has. That’s given me the best possible grounding in my craft.”
For someone with such an impressive track record who has only just finished his apprenticeship, the future looks bright indeed for Ryan. “One day I’ll be able to build my own house because of the career path I’ve chosen and down the track I can see myself starting up my own business and being my own boss. Then as an employer I can pass on my skills to the next generation. That would be a very satisfying thing to do.”