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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 skill set 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.

Tasmanian’s interested in studying at TasTAFE are encouraged to explore the TasTAFE website or get in touch via 1300 655 307.


TasTAFE provides skills that can be used anywhere