Top telco trainee

Thomas Whyte’s Australian Apprenticeship allowed him to secure employment in the fast-paced telecommunications industry.

Recognising the employment prospects of the trade, Thomas completed a Certificate II and III in Telecommunications.

“I decided to undertake my traineeship at the end of Year 12 because I had a feeling university was not going to be for me,” Thomas said.

“I always wanted to do a trade and when I noticed the Telstra traineeship in the paper, I knew it was the job for me.”

The Canberra-resident holds an Australian Communications and Media Authority cabling registration and has completed many courses specific to his work with Telstra through registered training organisation Ramsden Telecommunications Training.

“My training was in two parts, consisting of block TAFE training of two or three weeks every couple of months,” he said.

“Once learning the theory we go to the field and put into practice alongside qualified Telstra technicians – I feel this is a great way to learn.”

Thomas has received various accolades for excellence and finds interacting with people to be the most rewarding aspect of his traineeship.

“At the end of my traineeship, being offered a full-time job with Telstra was really great,” he said.

“There is nothing better than being paid to learn, the most important part is taking the lead on your education and being proactive about your learning.”

Thomas was an Australian Training Awards finalist in 2013 in the Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year category.

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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