VET apprenticeships offer a practical solution to this growing problem for young Australians.
Take, for example, Nathan Taverner’s experience:
Nathan participated in the Citi New Recruits job-ready program for aspiring apprentices and trainees. He describes how at the start he was shy, unsure and lacking in confidence. After the 3-week hands-on pre-apprenticeship program, followed by 1 week’s work experience in a commercial kitchen, Nathan landed his apprenticeship at the Sebel Resort and Spa in Hawkesbury, New South Wales.
With the guidance and support of executive chef Pavan Kapoor, Nathan has spent 3 years building his culinary skills as well as his confidence. During his apprenticeship, Nathan won 2 TAFE culinary cook-offs and was hosted in first-class kitchens. Last year, he received a Citi Markets Scholarship to Melbourne, Victoria, where he was placed at Hellenic Republic and had the opportunity to meet the restaurant’s owner, top chef George Calombaris.
Tonight he is nominated for Apprentice of the Year at the Western Sydney Training Awards.
Nathan’s mentor, Lisa Lee says, “Nathan has persevered and pushed his way through his apprenticeship. The chef at the Sebel really helped bring out his confidence.”
Nathan’s story of success is just one of the many examples of where VET has provided young Australians not just with skills and employment but, also, self-confidence and hope.
The team at Skilling Australia Foundation wish Nathan all the best for tonight’s announcement.