CONGRATULATIONS: Ballina Shire Council’s team leader built assets, Chris Trainor, acting manager support operations Craig Brown, recently qualified council electrician Josh Pauling, NovaSkill branch co-ordinator Brett Morris and State Training Services training adviser Damon McCarthy.
CONGRATULATIONS: Ballina Shire Council’s team leader built assets, Chris Trainor, acting manager support operations Craig Brown, recently qualified council electrician Josh Pauling, NovaSkill branch co-ordinator Brett Morris and State Training Services training adviser Damon McCarthy. Doug Eaton

Josh is a real bright sparkie

WHEN Josh Pauling was a Year 10 student at Ballina High School in 2007, he was weighing up his options for the future.

“I didn’t really want to stay at school, but I didn’t really want to drop out,” he said.

That’s why he decided on a school-based apprenticeship as an electrician through NovaSkill with Ballina Shire Council.

Josh was one of the first students in New South Wales to sign up for the scheme, which saw him do two days “on the job”, while also completing the relevant TAFE requirements and finishing Year 11 and 12.

“It was the best of both worlds,” he said.

“Doing this apprenticeship was really great – I am pretty happy that’s what I decided to do.”

Last week Josh successfully finished his apprenticeship and is now a fully qualified electrician.

He had plenty of success during his training, with several award nominations, and was also named the 2008 North Coast Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year.

NovaSkill branch co-ordinator Brett Morris said school-based apprenticeships were great opportunities for young people.

“It’s something students can consider as an option,” he said.

Josh Pauling, electrical apprentice

My school-based apprenticeship was the best of both worlds.


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