People who build and create for a living understand that all good things require a process. Holmesglen's Greg Hogan appreciates that quality comes from hard work and a willingness to learn.
Greg is an example of the benefits and opportunities available when making the most out of the time in the workshop. "Get in there and give it a go. Don't take 'no' for an answer. If you think you're capable of a task, prove you can handle it even when others think you're not ready for it," he says with confidence.
Greg's achievements are a source of motivation for aspiring upholsterers. He was named Holmesglen's Outstanding Apprentice at the 2017 Awards Dinner. This followed similar successes in the workshop, which led to him receiving the Upholstery Apprentice of the Year award in his second and third year of studies. These honours have made Greg realise that undertaking an apprenticeship needs passion and commitment.
"Working through the course helped me realise that the work we do is a business, not just a hobby. There were a few units that really [helped] my skills and knowledge, and business practices," Greg says.
Clear industry pathways have offered Greg the chance to develop these skills and knowledge. Currently, he works with Banksia Lounges where he is undertaking varied roles, including leading sewing production with the company, organising a production factory and building industry experience.
"In my mind, this has really made me feel trusted. It turned me from an average worker into someone who had to learn on the spot, and quickly, which leads to becoming a valued member of the crew," Greg observes.
To make the most out of your study journey and move towards your chosen career, it is important to remain proactive. Greg has made a healthy contribution to his Holmesglen experience. At the 2017 Automotive & Marine Trimming Technology, Furniture Finishing and Upholstery Awards Ceremony, where he received his award, he also served as a guest speaker.
Greg's interests have also helped in his work. In his spare time, he is an avid cyclist and has raced around Australia and the US. He has gone from student to trainer when mentoring junior cyclists in Western Victoria. This supportive role is helping guide Greg's future ambitions. With his qualifications and professional footing, he'd like to own a business along the surf coast and take on apprentices, offering them the same guidance he has received.
"It's all a cliché but it's so true, the biggest thing is to stay calm under pressure. Even the simplest tasks can be stressful. The calmer you are, the easier it is to see the fine details and solve the problem you're faced with."