Sam’s career ‘clincher’
Tasmanian electrician Samuel Downes has this advice for secondary school students.
“Don’t think of an Australian Apprenticeship as a second option to university – the industry needs creative tradespeople to respond to diverse market demands.”
Samuel is 23, qualified and won the Tasmanian Apprentice of the Year title in 2013 as well as being an Australian Training Awards’ finalist.
He says his career path stemmed from a long-term interest in electronics.
“I was not sure if I should do an engineering degree or an Australian Apprenticeship, but I like working hands on, so that was the clincher,” he said.
“It’s certainly been a tough learning curve at times, but all the more rewarding because of that.
“It was a case of learning by doing, and I have loved the mixture of hands-on work, and learning theory.”
Samuel completed a Certificate III in Electrotechnology through TasTAFE while employed with Access Solutions in February, 2013, where he remains employed.
He plans to continue being a strong advocate for Australian Apprenticeships.
“There are so many things to do and opportunities from doing an Australian Apprenticeship so I am pretty excited to see what the future holds,” he said.