Hard work pays off for Joshua
While attending Wollongbar TAFE (one day a week) Joshua completed the first year of his apprenticeship part-time during Year 11 and 12 as part of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools program. He is now working full-time as a second year apprentice electrician with Novaskill and Ballina Shire Council.
Norm Thomas, Head Teacher Electrical at Wollongbar TAFE, said: “School-based apprenticeships are a great opportunity for young people to get an early start in a trade. Students get a feel for the trade they are interested in whilst completing year 11 and 12 at school.”
Joshua always wanted to do a trade and being an electrician was definitely something he was thinking about at school.
“Doing a school-based apprenticeship was good because I could get experience in the workplace before I left school,” he said.
Joshua receives a certificate and $2000. Joshua said: “My family are very proud that I won the award and I am happy for the recognition for all the work I did.”
The winners were announced in July by the Acting Minister for Education, Mark Arbib.