Hard work and commitment have been the key to automotive apprentice Donald’s Marou’s successful transition from school-based apprentice to full-time employee. But it was a twist of fate that determined his career direction.
Donald says: ‘In Year 10, I decided I wanted to do a trade. I heard about Tec-NQ and applied for diesel fitting, but the class was full. Automotive technology had space left, so I chose that.’
As luck would have it, Donald discovered he liked automotive studies more than diesel fitting.
He says: ‘I’m really enjoying my automotive apprenticeship. I love working with cars. It’s a lot of fun.’
In Year 12, Donald gained a QCE by combining school subjects with trade training and a work placement at Pickerings Auto Group in Townsville.
He says: ‘Doing a school-based apprenticeship means you can go straight into your second year. You can achieve a bit more at an earlier stage, which is great.’
Subjects: English Communication, Prevocational Mathematics, Certificate II in Business, Certificate II in Workplace Practices, Certificate II in Information Technology
Career goal: To complete his apprenticeship and Certificate III in Automotive Technology
Last updated: 09-Feb-2016