August 2018

Why did you become an Apprentice? I’ve always wanted to become a qualified carpenter and became an apprentice with Master Builders Association SA back in 2015. Carpentry offers a wide range of skills that can lead to multiple opportunities in the future. It also allows for a variety of experience in different trades and provides you with a life-long career.

What do you enjoy the most about being an Apprentice? Being an apprentice in carpentry is by far the most rewarding trade as every day is different and every job has its challenges. I experience customer interactions and enjoy seeing them happy when the job is completed. I am currently in my 4th year of my apprenticeship and have had experience in both First and Second Fix carpentry, but have mainly focused on Second Fix. Later, I hope to gain qualifications in Business Management and to expand my knowledge in Carpentry.

What is your goal once you have completed your Apprenticeship? After completing my apprenticeship, I plan to continue working with the company I am with if the opportunity is available. Using the skills I have gained throughout my apprenticeship I hope to build extensions/work on my house in the future.

It has always been a goal of mine to start up my own business at some point. I would like to mainly do second fix installations, as I feel there is more variety in that side of the trade.

Who would you like to thank? I would like to thanks RTC Group for giving me such an awesome opportunity to start an apprenticeship. They offered me a position as an apprentice through the Master Builders Group training scheme. I would also like to thank them for putting trust in myself to carry out self-directed work and to ensure the yard is well stocked with materials. Also, I would like to thank the other guys on the team who have trained me and taught me the skills and theory I now know.

I would also like to thank Master Builders for allowing me to become an apprentice with such a well organised company. They have looked after me and are always making sure I am comfortable with my host.

Finally, I would like to thank my family for their continued support and encouragement throughout my apprenticeship.

What does safety mean to you? We work in such a fast-paced and physically demanding industry that consists of a lot of moving parts. To ensure we all make it home safely at the end of the day it demands the highest level of safety at all times to keep not only ourselves, but those around us, out of harm’s way. Without a uniform understanding of the safety expectations the industry simply would not function. Put simply, to me, safety means us all working together to ensure that ourselves and our mates make it home each day unharmed.

Field Coordinator Comments: It has been a pleasure being Mitchell’s Field Coordinator. Mitchell is a great communicator and very professional in all aspects of his work approach. He is hard working and always keen to take on new responsibilities. Mitchell has a passion for his work and has a great future ahead of him.

Commencement of Apprenticeship: 10/08/2015

Current Host Employer: RTC Group

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