Meet an Aboriginal Apprentice

Connor:

3rd Stage Carpentry Apprentice

I didn’t have anyone push me, I just got the job so I took it on. I like completing different tasks every day. Everyone gets treated the same but I’m the only apprentice with my company. 
The advice I would give is complete your trade as soon as you can to set yourself up. I wish I started a bit younger than I did.

Brendan: 

2nd Stage Carpentry Apprentice 

My dad has pushed me to become an apprentice. That’s what he did and could see the value in me completing a trade. I have the support of my family without ever discussing it with them.
I like being at work as it keeps me busy but I don’t like waking up early, and the long hours at work but they are things that I am responsible for and need to manage.
As an Aboriginal, I get treated the same as the others.
The advice I would give to others is always work hard and you will see the results will come.

Jacob: 

1st Stage Carpentry Apprentice

My Brother was the biggest influence on me. His guidance, and all my mates, got me working plus I wanted money to be independent. I enjoy working with the boys.
I don’t like rain days, I can’t control the weather but I can control my thought process when it is raining.
The advice I would give is never give up and always have faith in yourself as the only person you are letting down is yourself.

Joshua: 

1st Stage Carpentry Apprentice

My parents and friends all spoke to me about becoming an apprentice. It was their influence, I was fairly sure but they got me over the line to start.
No two days are the same and everything is different. I also enjoy to learn new things each day.
The advice I would give is take everything on board always want to know why and learn, you will need it later.

Leon: 

3rd Stage Carpentry Apprentice

My dad told me that a carpenter is a good job and I will always have work. He also told me that I would be outside a lot, which he knew I would enjoy, that’s why I selected this role. I really enjoy working outside and meeting new people.
The advice I would give is just get up and have a go each day - that is what all employers want from you.