Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling

Keeping it in the family

With a father and grandfather in the wall and floor tiling business, it was no surprise to his family when Shannon decided to enter the family trade.

Shannon had finished Year 12, working part-time, and giving some serious thought to what sort of career he wanted.

“It just happened…my father asked me to help him out a couple days a week, one thing led to another and he offered me an apprenticeship which I accepted and to this day am still tiling,” Shannon said.

Some of the things that Shannon enjoyed about VET was the way the structure differs to purely theoretical study.

“The learning process is enjoyable because it is mainly hands on, you aren’t stuck in a classroom all day taking notes,” he said.

Shannon thinks an apprenticeship is a great option for people who are not quite sure what they want to do when they finish school.

“It’s a great option, because you will always have that trade to fall back on if you ever decide to work another job and don’t enjoy it,” he said.

Shannon has decided to work for himself, and also sub-contracts for his father at All Aspects of Tiling in Grafton.

Eventually he would like to hire his own apprentice and pass on his knowledge.

“My plans are to continue tiling and one day put on my own apprentice to teach them the skills I have learnt over the years and hopefully inspire a new generation of tiler.”

Shannon won a bronze medal for Wall and Floor Tiling at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National competition, so was excited compete again two years later, this time taking home the gold medal in the same category.

Following his 2018 WorldSkills Gold medal win, Shannon was selected to participate in the BBM Youth Support for Skilled Futures scholarship to further his training and professional development through work experience. He will travel to the UK to work with other floor and wall tilers for six to 12 months.

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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