Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

A desire to get going in life has Scott going places as an automotive electrician

For Scott Shearan, a desire to leave school and ‘get going in life’ has paid off, with an apprenticeship as an automotive electrician now under his belt and a rewarding career path unfolding.

Following his success in winning a Gold Medal at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia competition, Scott was selected to participate in the BBM Youth Support for Skilled Futures scholarship to further his training and professional development through work experience. Travelling to the UK in 2017, Scott was able to work with Vauxhall, Tech-Centre and SBD Automotive, a research and consultancy company for Automotive Technology.  At the Vauxhall Tech-Centre Scott spent time performing software reprogramming on late model vehicles, to working on Vauxhall’s electric vehicle, The Ampera. Scott’s scholarship, enabled him to experience first-hand the advances of the automotive industry, from riding in a 1909 Vauxhall Semi-racer (which is started by hand-cranking the engine) to the technical aspect of autonomous vehicles.

“This is an awesome opportunity and just confirms for me that doing an apprenticeship was the right path for me to take. My Dad had trained as an apprentice and his experience showed that an apprenticeship gives you the grounding to handle a range of situations. Once I had done work experience with an auto electrician I was hooked,” said Scott. “Fortunately the employer offered me an apprenticeship which I enthusiastically accepted.”

Scott is now doing something he loves and is well suited for. “My employer, Powers Road Auto Electrical Services in Seven Hills NSW, has a strong work ethic which I respond to by pushing myself to excel in every endeavour. From the skills, training and experience gained through my apprenticeship I have been able to build a strong network of professional people and face many challenges with determination and courage.”

Scott has several key pieces of advice for anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship.

“First, go for it. It’s one of the best things you will ever do.

“Second, research government websites for information. In general, look for a path that matches your natural style and interests.

“Third, network with friends and relatives and try to obtain a work experience position with an employer.

“Fourth, no matter what, don’t give up. Build a resume and keep applying for an apprenticeship.

“Finally, be open to learning new things and ways to do them, as an apprenticeship is a challenging and exciting start to a career path in life.”

Having followed steps one to five on his own journey, Scott’s ultimate goal is to be a leader in the auto-electrical industry and represent it throughout Australia. “I want to show the world that we have the standard of skill, knowledge and experience that is expected of the very best. Through further study and the opportunities I have been given I will make every effort to achieve my goal with a major industry stakeholder or by having my own business. I am also going to do my very best in representing Australia and my industry by being a great Ambassador.”

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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