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TAFE NSW comes up stumps!
Daryl, a pace bowler, represented New Zealand in all three forms of the game, but was confronted by the same question as all professional sportspeople: what’s next?
For Daryl, it meant pursuing his passion for construction. With the help of TAFE NSW and his employer Jimmy Waters Carpentry, he’s now a first-year apprentice.
Each week, Daryl learns the theory and hands-on skills of his trade at TAFE NSW surrounded by teenage classmates, many of whom are too young to remember his glory days on the pitch.
“I might be a 40-year-old surrounded by 17 and 18 year olds,” says Daryl, “but I love being back in the classroom and I love bouncing off classmates and seeing how they would do a project differently.”
“I’ve always loved building, even as a kid with LEGO,” says Daryl. “When I was transitioning out of cricket, we were doing a lot of renovations on our own home. I knew I still had a lot of time left in the workforce and construction felt like such a natural fit.
“I’m learning tonnes at TAFE NSW and it’s just brilliant.
“The teachers are extremely helpful and they really seem to care."
Daryl plans to make his life partner into his business partner. He and his interior designer wife, Dearne, plan to form a holistic construction and design business in Albury.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of construction Andrew Nichols says Daryl is an inspiration to others contemplating a mid-life career change.
“Older apprentices like Daryl are here to learn and they tend to have such a strong drive to succeed,” says Andrew.
“There are plenty of construction jobs around so it’s a great industry to enter into.”