Having recently completed his four year apprenticeship at both JZ Constructions and Lifestyle Extensions with support from BUSY At Work’s Gateway Services, Cooper is now working as a Carpenter at Queensland based construction company, Stokes Wheeler.
BUSY At Work’s Gateway Services offers a career-matching service with a comprehensive range of tools to assess a job seeker’s skills, interests and motivations, helping them find an ideal career pathway. The service also offers mentoring support for apprentices and trainees while they complete their qualification. Mentoring support through BUSY At Work’s Gateway Services was instrumental in supporting Cooper to complete his qualification.
Growing up, Cooper spent his weekends paddling his way through the ocean and chasing down flags as a Nipper with Burleigh Heads Surf Life Saving Club. When he wasn’t at the beach, Cooper would often go to work with his dad who is now a Site Manager of an eight storey high rise at the same company Cooper is now working for, Stokes Wheeler.
“Carpentry has been around in my family for a while and I loved going to work with my dad as a kid. So, when the time came to figure out what I wanted to do for work, I had no trouble deciding,” said Cooper.
Cooper completed a Certificate II in Carpentry whilst still at school, and his TAFE teacher at the time recommended him to a colleague who took him on as a school-based apprentice. During his apprenticeship, he worked on bathroom renovations and adding extra stories to houses.
“I really enjoyed learning how to build a house from scratch and gaining the skills needed to renovate a bathroom,” said Cooper.
“I actually bought a unit in Burleigh recently and fully renovated it using the skills and knowledge I gained from my apprenticeship.”
Since having gained his Certificate II in Carpentry, Cooper has also completed his Certificate IV in Construction which will give him his builders license and help him progress in his career, and he is currently studying towards his Diploma.
Cooper encourages anyone thinking about starting an apprenticeship to go give it a go and stick with it for a while to see if it’s something they can see themselves doing as a career.
“Although the big days can be difficult, over time, I find it is really rewarding to be able to finish a job and have something you specialise in,” said Cooper.
Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work said, “It’s great to see Cooper able to apply the skills and knowledge he gained from his apprenticeship and progress in his career, going onto further study and full-time employment in an industry he is passionate about as a result.
BUSY At Work’s Gateway Services support people into career paths that suit their skills and interests, ensuring a perfect match for employers, their business and the industry.”
For more information on BUSY At Work’s Gateway Services, visit: https://www.busyatwork.com.au/gateway-services/
Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work
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