After finishing high school and taking a gap year, Philip Qurbanpur decided it was time to kick his career into gear. In 2017, his mate, Jehan, completed a job-readiness program and consequently scored an automotive apprenticeship. As Philip was also passionate about the automotive industry, he decided to drive down the same road as Jehan.
In order to prepare for an apprenticeship, WPC Group suggested Philip participate in the Ansvar Insurance Career Edge program.
“They offered me the program with no cost, and it looked like I would get a lot out of it, so I signed up,” 20-year-old Philip says.
He graduated from the Career Edge program in June 2018, and says he found it “really beneficial”.
“I met new people, learnt lots of new skills, like how to do a good interview – that really helped me, and it really affirmed my skills and showed me how to apply them in the workforce,” Philip says.
As part of the program, Philip completed a week of work experience at Moorooka Nissan. Philip says he knew on the first day that he wanted to work there. The team at Nissan felt the same.
“The manager thought I was really well presented and was impressed by me, so on the second day of my work experience he said ’you’re ready – welcome to the team’ – that felt really good,” Philip said.
Philip has been working at Nissan since as a Light Vehicle Mechanical Apprentice. He works alongside his mate, Jehan, who is doing the same apprenticeship.
Philip’s role allows him to learn on-the-job while he is paid for doing what he loves – servicing cars.
“I have owned a couple of cars and have always enjoyed working on them. Now I am working here at Nissan, I know this is exactly what I want to be doing for my career,” he says.
Once he finishes his apprenticeship, Philip hopes to stay at Moorooka Nissan and work his way up.
Philip says he would recommend the Career Edge program to anyone who wants to get a head start in their career by doing an apprenticeship.
“Through Career Edge, I learnt so many different skills, gained confidence, work experience and a job.”