Winery work leads to world adventure

Award-winning Australian Apprentice, Stephen Beelitz has proven that he is an excellent fit for the renowned Accolade Wines.

Stephen, a fitter and turner from Waikerie in South Australia, completed a Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical) before recently completing a Diploma in Engineering (Advanced Trade) with TAFE SA –Regency Campus.

The 25-year-old was rewarded for his outstanding technical skills in mechanical engineering at the 2012 WorldSkills Australia National Competition where he won a gold medal in the Fitting category.

Stephen was selected for the BBM Skilled Futures Program which allowed him to travel to the United Kingdom for six months in mid-2013.

The scholarship program provided Stephen with leadership training and international work experience.

“I never imagined that my training to become a fitter and turner would allow me to travel overseas to study and work,” Stephen said.

“My apprenticeship provided me with a great base for my career and developed my skills and knowledge to continually build my skill set and work towards a leadership position in the future.”

Stephen added that he hopes to broaden his knowledge and skill set –by working at one of Accolade Wines’ packaging facilities whilst in the UK.

“There are many different industries that offer apprenticeships in a variety of fields,” he said.

“It is often not recognised how many career and life opportunities there are available through completing an apprenticeship.”

Stephen was also named most outstanding third year mechanical engineering apprentice at TAFE SA’s Regency campus in 2011 and was nominated for the 2011 Riverland and Mallee Apprentice of the Year.

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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