The world at his work boots

Will Peters has the world at his work boots.

Winning multiple awards during his Australian Apprenticeship for his dedication and practical expertise in the building industry, Will is now a fully-qualified builder enjoying a successful career with one of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction companies.

“I chose a career in building and construction to follow my dad’s footsteps," Will said.

"I’d see him come home every day excited about what he’d achieved on the building site.

"I look back now and realise that with a positive influence like that, I don’t think I ever would have chosen anything else."

With a goal to become a builder, Will finished Year 12 and was accepted into a Bachelor of Construction Management at the University of Newcastle.

Soon after commencing the degree, he realised that his skills could be boosted with some hands-on experience.

He went on to couple his university studies with an Australian Apprenticeship in Carpentry with RWP Building and TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute.

“I did not want to be one of those university graduates that had the wool pulled over their eyes as a result of too much theory, and not enough practical experience,” he said.

Throughout his Australian Apprenticeship, Will excelled in every aspect of his training.

He was recognised as the National Carpenters Day Apprentice of the Year for New South Wales in 2011.

He was also a WorldSkills Australia Hunter Regional Team winner the same year, as well as taking out the NSW Apprentice of the Year accolade in 2012.

He went on to represent NSW at the 2012 Australian Training Awards.

Will has now completed three nationally recognised qualifications – a Certificate III in Carpentry, a Certificate IV in Building and Construction and a Bachelor of Construction Management where he graduated with honours.

After a successful career as a site manager with national commercial, community and residential builder, Richard Crookes Constructions, Will now works for Greenland Australia which is a subsidiary of the Chinese State Owned Fortune 500 company Greenland Group.

“Putting the years in to gain these qualifications has made me really employable," he said.

"I am now working in a management role on multi-million dollar construction sites.

"I’m proud to say I love what I do."

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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