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A TAFE NSW apprenticeship has become plan-A for an honours university
graduate who faced a lack of engineering employment opportunities.
Former North Nowra resident Matthew Conley, who is now based in
Queanbeyan, applied for jobs around the nation along with a surplus of
other engineering graduates but never secured a position.
After some time working in carpentry and on an olive farm, he was
offered an apprenticeship as an electrician and never looked back.
“Despite already having a uni degree, studying at TAFE NSW Nowra as
part of my apprenticeship will give me a Certificate III in Electrical
making me more employable,” Mr Conley said.
“It’s about being in demand and having the practical skills you need
for the job you want. I now have a career and direction I’m happy with.”
Mr Conley, said while his new skills will mean he is in demand, as a
second-year-apprentice electrician he enjoyed having two ways to
approach a problem, as an engineer and as an electrician.
“As an engineer straight out of uni you definitely don’t know it all.
When it comes to electrical there’s plenty to learn.
When he’s learning on the job it is under the watchful eye of
Queanbeyan-based Woodlands Industries owner John Bruce.
Mr Bruce was pleased to bring Mr Conley onto his team, knowing his
combination of engineering knowledge and job-ready skills learned at
TAFE NSW would likely be a valuable combination.
Mr Bruce has worked throughout Shoalhaven, Illawarra, Canberra and
Queanbeyan. He is no stranger to TAFE NSW having put about 20
apprentice electricians through the state’s largest training provider
over the years.
He completed his own apprenticeship through TAFE NSW about 40 years
ago, it was a path his two sons also followed.
“I can’t praise those teachers enough for how far above and beyond
they go,” Mr Bruce said.
“TAFE NSW apprentices come out confident, and competent with a good
basic understanding of the trade.”
Find out how TAFE NSW students get jobs faster. Visit www.tafensw.com.au or phone 131
601 to find out more.
Media contact: Adam Wright, TAFE NSW media officer, 4421 9895, mobile
0466 375 552.