VET training an option

Wanneroo wall and floor tiler Mick Ivey at work.
Wanneroo wall and floor tiler Mick Ivey at work.

After finishing school in Year 9, the Wanneroo resident enrolled at the Polytechnic West Balga campus.

‘For some people, university makes sense, but I was always attracted to being a bit more creative and working with my hands,’ he said.

‘I tried a few different trades like spray painting and a bricklaying course before getting into wall and floor tiling.’

A WorldSkills Australia study has revealed 80 per cent of West Australians saw trade-based careers as an appealing option.

‘The careers that are offered through a VET pathway are integral to the ongoing growth of the local economy and keep the country competitive at an international level,’ WorldSkills Australia chief executive Mark Callaghan said.

‘I’d encourage every person in Wanneroo who has a passion but isn’t sure where to start to head to their local Tafe or private registered training organisation and ask some questions.

‘These organisations offer training across a diverse range of areas, ranging from fashion to automotive engineering.’

Recently qualified, 19-year-old Mick said there was a lot to be gained from entering a trade-based career.

‘I love what I do, and I’m grateful that I’m able to benefit the local community through my job,’ he said.

‘There’s always short and long-term courses you can give a shot to see if you like it before starting an apprenticeship.’

The WorldSkills Australia national competition will be hosted at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 18-20.