Jamie Bradley loved his former career as a landscaper and groundsman. All went well until the global financial crisis hit in 2008 and Bradley was made redundant. He decided to switch careers and become an automotive electrician.
"At the age of 41 I found myself retrenched from my position as head grounds-person at a local resort where I had worked for five years."
"I wanted a trade that would see me through to retirement and, given the continual growth of the electrical side of motor vehicles, I decided to go back to study and enter an industry that would allow for future employment."
Jamie enrolled with TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute to study the Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology while also employed by NovaSkills as an apprentice.
The course teaches high-level knowledge and skills for the automotive electrical service industry and, in particular, develops the expertise required to repair and maintain electrical systems and components of cars and other vehicles.
Jamie's decision paid off. "I am very happy I studied at TAFE NSW... the teachers are helpful and friendly, the learning is organised and flexible and students are given excellent support."
Jamie has always been a high achiever and won many awards including 2011 North Coast Institute Student of the Year.
"It's a great honour to win the Institute medal."
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