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Changing Gears Into Career

Central Regional TAFE student Matt Saxby secures sought after CBH Group apprenticeship.

When Matt Saxby graduated from high school in 2016 he had no idea what career path he wanted to follow. He just knew he wanted to stay in Geraldton and do something hands on.

“I took a gap year to think about my future and spent a lot of time working on my car.”

“One day I had a light bulb moment and decided that mechanical work was something I wanted to pursue.”

At the beginning of this year Matt enrolled in the Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology Pre Apprenticeship, and he hasn’t looked back since.

“I loved the course – especially the hands on learning and the flexibility to complete online study at my own pace, in my own way.”

At the end of the 6 month course Matt has been successful in securing a sought after Mechanical Fitter apprenticeship with CBH Group.

Matt said, “Completing the pre apprenticeship was a pre requisite to getting the job. I’m really happy to start my career in this industry with such a great company.”

Central Regional TAFE Automotive Lecturer Peter Howard explained that Matt was an excellent student with a great attitude to work.

“In addition to the practical skills and theory work, we equip students with the skills needed to succeed in the workplace. This includes attributes employers value such as punctuality, presentation and respect.”

“Matt acquired knowledge of the subject quickly. He was focussed and motivated to achieve his goal of gaining employment in the industry.”

There were 20 students in the pre apprenticeship group and many have secured employment in a related field.

Peter continued, “There are 200 hours of work placement as part of the course, which is a great way for students to gain valuable experience in the real world environment. It also provides the opportunity to make strong contacts in the industry.”

Last year there were 34,000 students undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in Western Australia.

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Page last updated June 28, 2017