‘An apprenticeship can build on life skills above and beyond a trade’

At an Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS) graduation ceremony in Adelaide in June, electronics engineering apprentice Jock Duncan was asked to address his peers.

Having been hosted for four years by Codan Ltd, he has now been employed by the company in its Test Engineering department as an Electronic Radio Frequency Product Support Technician.

“What I enjoy most about my work at Codan is not only the challenging project-based nature of designing and building test equipment for our new products, but also the fact that I am working on technology that genuinely benefits people, such as remote communications for emergency and police services, and mine detection in third world countries,” says Jock.

“This has helped give me direction and strengthened my vision and passion for a career in the electronics industry.”

The brief for his speech was to express this vision and passion in discussing the continued need for learning and development beyond the completion of an apprenticeship.

Rob Drysdale, AiGTS State Manager for SA, is a passionate believer in youth speaking to youth.

“Today’s generation see and hear things much clearer when it comes from their own,”
says Rob.

Jock Duncan is currently studying for an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering at TAFESA, which he intends to use as a path into a Bachelor of Engineering – Electronics and Electrical, at Adelaide University.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship or seeking to take on an apprentice, contact AiGTS on 1300 761 944.