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From Work Experience to Full Time Carpenter

Saturday 15th Aug 2009

When Mark Shepherd was put on work placement by Australian Technical College Gold Coast, he hoped to get a little hands on carpentry experience and maybe some insight into what full-time work is like.

"I just wanted to do my best and make the most of the opportunity" explains Mark. His efforts made an impression on the team at Maintrade Building Services and lead to them signing him up as a school-based apprentice while he was still in year 11. Today he is a full-time team member with the Gold Coast based company."It was great to know that when I finished school I was walking straight into a full-time carpentry apprenticeship" said Mark.

Chris Jefferson, director of Maintrade Building Services, said that Mark had the right attitude and showed a great deal of initiative in his work experience which is what resulted in him gaining an apprenticeship. "Mark had a eye for detail and was keen to learn," said Mr Jefferson "he seemed to be a good all rounder who was motivated to finish year 12 too, which I was also impressed with."

While completing his senior studies, Mark worked over the school holiday periods with the company and became part of the team, working on everything from internal renovations in high rises on the Gold Coast to small maintenance jobs and decking. Now in the second year of his apprenticeship with Maintrade, Mark has the responsibility of a company vehicle and is showing real commitment to his role in the business.

Mr Jefferson, who has taken on many apprentices over the years, says that Mark has the characteristics of a leader and hopes that he may even start learning the craft of quoting in the years to come and take on more responsibility in the company. "We've taken on a number of apprentices over the past 12 years, some are still with us, some have moved on, but I'm very proud that we've been able to give so many young men a start in the industry."

Tags: Carpenter, Apprenticeship, Work Experience, Tradesman

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