Apprentices share their stories

Timothy

Timothy

Age: 18

Stage/Year: 1

Trade: Carpentry

My pop was a carpenter so I grew up watching him work. When I was old enough I helped him work around the house fixing things. I loved getting hands on.

My parents were 100% supportive of my decision to be a carpenter. They understood the trade and there was nothing negative ever said about my choice. At first I was second guessing my choice with the really early starts but I’ve found my feet and I love it.

Before I started my apprenticeship, I did construction at school, some work experience and then I did the Master Builders pre-apprenticeship program.

I really enjoy learning something new every day, I’ve just learnt timber flooring and framing. I want to own my own business when I finish my apprenticeship.

I would recommend to everyone to do an apprenticeship. A lot of my mates are doing apprenticeships and loving it. We all still have time to play rugby and basketball, our work hours haven’t got in the way of my hobbies.

Timothy

Timothy

Age: 18

Stage/Year: 1

Trade: Carpentry

My pop was a carpenter so I grew up watching him and when I was old enough, helping him work around the house, fixing things. I loved getting hands on.

My parents were 100% supportive of my decision to be a carpenter. They understood the trade and there was nothing negative ever said about my choice. At first I was second guessing my choice with the really early starts but I’ve found my feet and I love it.

Before I started my apprenticeship, I did construction at school, some work experience and then I did the Master Builders pre-apprenticeship program.

I really enjoy learning something new every day, I’ve just learnt timber flooring and framing. I want to own my own business when I finish my apprenticeship.

I would recommend to everyone to do an apprenticeship. A lot of my mates are doing apprenticeships and loving it. We all still have time to play rugby and basketball, our work hours haven’t got in the way of my hobbies.

Ryan

Ryan

Age: 30

Stage/Year: 3

Trade: Carpentry

I had a mentor who worked in the industry, my father, and I chose to follow in his footsteps. Being a carpenter gives me a sense of worth and achievement seeing completed jobs. My parents gave me the support required to help me achieve my career goal. This wasn’t just moral support but also helping my family and me in their ways.

Deciding to become an apprentice carpenter was the best decision I have ever made.

This position allows me to have so much more family time. The hours I work as an apprentice allows me to continue to be involved with the local community, be on club committees and coach local sporting teams.

Prior to completing a 2 week program with Master Builders, I had only helped my brother, who is an electrician, with just a bit of labouring, so I didn’t have a lot of experience. I’m learning every day.

Seeing the end result of my hard work and especially when the client is really happy gives me a sense of pride and achievement.

I am completing my apprenticeship so I can be running my own business in 5 years, that’s my goal. This is so much more satisfying to me than sitting in an office all day, every day.

Ryan

Ryan

Age: 30

Stage/Year: 3

Trade: Carpentry

I had a mentor who worked in the industry, my father, and I chose to follow in his footsteps. Being a carpenter gives me a sense of worth and achievement seeing completed jobs. My parents gave me the support required to help me achieve my career goal. This wasn’t just moral support but also helping my family and me in their ways.

Deciding to become an apprentice carpenter was the best decision I have ever made.

This position allows me to have so much more family time. The hours I work as an apprentice allows me to continue to be involved with the local community, be on club committees and coach local sporting teams.

Prior to completing a 2 week program with Master Builders, I had only helped my brother, who is an electrician, with just a bit of labouring, so I didn’t have a lot of experience. I’m learning every day.

Seeing the end result of my hard work and especially when the client is really happy gives me a sense of pride and achievement.

I am completing my apprenticeship so I can be running my own business in 5 years, that’s my goal. This is so much more satisfying to me than sitting in an office all day, every day.

Liam

Liam

Age: 29

Stage/Year: 3

Trade: Carpentry

Doing a carpentry apprenticeship is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have always been around building and construction and I love to get hands on. This job allows that.

Starting an apprenticeship in later life meant that my parents didn’t play a big role in my choice. They were still supportive and my partner has been very supportive especially with the financial side of doing an apprenticeship as an adult.

I worked on civil construction projects in Western Australia before undertaking the adult apprenticeship program with Master Builders, then started my apprenticeship. I’m working with a small residential builder right now so I love that I get to work on a project from start to finish. We have just finished one project.

I have no doubt at all that I made the right decision to do this apprenticeship. I love the work and lifestyle I’m not having any regrets. Surfing is my main hobby and working in an apprenticeship allows me to still surf – it’s a good work/life balance.

I want to finish my apprenticeship and see where I want to take my career then. I haven’t got any set goals right now.

To anyone who wants to get into a trade, I would say go for it.

Liam

Liam

Age: 29

Stage/Year: 3

Trade: Carpentry

Doing a carpentry apprenticeship is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have always been around building and construction and I love to get hands on. This job allows that.

Starting an apprenticeship in later life meant that my parents didn’t play a big role in my choice. They were still supportive and my partner has been very supportive especially with the financial side of doing an apprenticeship as an adult.

I worked on civil construction projects in Western Australia before undertaking the adult apprenticeship program with Master Builders, then started my apprenticeship. I’m working with a small residential builder right now so I love that I get to work on a project from start to finish. We have just finished one project.

I have no doubt at all that I made the right decision to do this apprenticeship. I love the work and lifestyle I’m not having any regrets. Surfing is my main hobby and working in an apprenticeship allows me to still surf – it’s a good work/life balance.

I want to finish my apprenticeship and see where I want to take my career then. I haven’t got any set goals right now.

To anyone who wants to get into a trade, I would say go for it.

Jonas

Jonas

Age: 19

Stage/Year: 3

Trade: Carpentry

We had a big renovation done at home when I was about 9 or 10 and since then I have been interested in doing a carpentry apprenticeship.

My parents have been supportive about my decision to take up an apprenticeship. When I left school at 16 years of age and got a job labouring they didn’t like that much though.

Before I left school I did one week work experience with a builder. I also did wood work and started the construction class before I left.

I love it all working outdoors with my hands, it’s all good. I have a cheeky little plan - I want to get my builders licence as soon as I can and stay under my boss’s wing for a bit, then travel overseas, come back and light it up by working for myself. This job is sick I couldn’t be happier.

I train, do boxing, play football and surf - I’m normally done with work by 4pm, it gives me heaps of time to do the stuff I want to do.

I would 100% recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone. Some of my mates have followed me into apprenticeships and they all love it.

Jonas

Jonas

Age: 19

Stage/Year: 3

Trade: Carpentry

We had a big renovation done at home when I was about 9 or 10 and since then I have been interested in doing a carpentry apprenticeship.

My parents have been supportive about my decision to take up an apprenticeship. When I left school at 16 years of age and got a job labouring they didn’t like that much though.

Before I left school I did one week work experience with a builder. I also did wood work and started the construction class before I left.

I love it all working outdoors with my hands, it’s all good. I have a cheeky little plan - I want to get my builders licence as soon as I can and stay under my boss’s wing for a bit, then travel overseas, come back and light it up by working for myself. This job is sick I couldn’t be happier.

I train, do boxing, play football and surf - I’m normally done with work by 4pm, it gives me heaps of time to do the stuff I want to do.

I would 100% recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone. Some of my mates have followed me into apprenticeships and they all love it.