Brisbane Christian College
For Luke Morgenstern, the decision to remain open-minded in his search for a school-based apprenticeship has paid off.
‘Initially I wanted to get into carpentry or electrical. I approached more than 30 companies but none of them were taking on any new apprentices,’ he said.
‘So I decided to look at other trades where there might be more jobs on offer.
‘Mum suggested stonemasonry and the first business I called wanted me straight away.’
Luke’s willingness to try other options has resulted in a rewarding career.
‘I enjoy the creativity and like working with the different types of stone – we use granite, marble and sandstone mostly,’ he said.
‘At first, I did a lot of monument work but now I’m doing more kitchen benchtops.
‘I found it hard to study at school because I don’t like to sit still, so my apprenticeship meant I was learning new things and earning money.’
Luke is now working full time with the same company and is looking forward to completing his apprenticeship and taking on more responsibility.
‘My subject choices at school were limited due to my apprenticeship, but I did enjoy Business Studies. I could see that it was preparing me for the future, so found it easier to relate to than my other subjects,’ he said.’
‘I’d like to move into a managerial role one day, so hope to use that knowledge, as well as my trade.’
Luke’s advice to school leavers: Chase what you want in life. Don’t waste time doing things you don’t want to do.
Subjects: Business Studies, English Communication, Information and Communication Technology, Prevocational Maths, Certificate III in Stonemasonry.
Career goal: To finish my stonemasonry apprenticeship and move into a management role.
Last updated: 04-Dec-2017