From the mountains of Tasmania’s West Coast to TasTAFE’s Construction workshops – 2018 was a time of change for Brendan Sargent.
Brendan, 31 was a geologist, and spent the last few years driving in and out of the West Coast for work, until he started looking for something different, and began a Certificate II in Construction at TasTAFE’s Clarence Campus.
“I got tired of working long shifts away from home all the time. I wanted something that offered family friendly hours, a better work-life balance, and more flexibility in work locations. I’ve always enjoyed hands-on work that involves skill and thinking, and the construction industry appealed to me. I wanted to diversify my skillset and make myself more employable so that I could work anywhere, not just in mining regions. So I decided to go to TasTAFE,” Brendan said.
“I’ve really enjoyed TasTAFE. You come out of it with some great skills that can be used anywhere, even around the house, and everything you are taught is applied and relevant to your chosen industry. It sets you up to be job-ready. That’s one of the main differences I found between TAFE and uni.”
Certificate II qualifications are a great first step for people looking to apply for an apprenticeship, or for people looking for employment opportunities at the trade assistant level.
Tasmanians interested in studying at TasTAFE in 2019 can chat to teachers and find out more information about enrolment processes at TasTAFE’s Info Week from 21-25 January 2019 . Visit https://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/infoweek/ for details of Info Week sessions and to register.
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