Lauren presenting at the 2019 City of Monash CALD Youth Careers Forum.
Lauren Clayton’s move to an electrical apprenticeship was sparked by a future goal.
Having worked in personal training and sports rehabilitation jobs for 12 years, she believed a career change the best way for her to find greater job flexibility and longevity.
She chose a Free TAFE pre-apprenticeship with Holmesglen’s Futuretech with a view to completing our UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician course in the future.
“An electrical trade branches out. Your options are a lot greater in the future, particularly once you complete your apprenticeship in terms of finding work and upskilling,” says Lauren.
Lauren was drawn to Holmesglen’s Futuretech for its Arden St, North Melbourne location, our partnership with the Electrical Trades Union and the friendly and supportive training environment.
Lauren is currently completing an electrical apprenticeship with Broadspectrum. As part of this, she works at a Melbourne refinery through the company’s work with ExxonMobil.
“You do a lot of your learning on-the-job, but everything starts to fall into place from what you learn [in class],” explains Lauren.
She has also taken on a leadership role, presenting to young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds at the City of Monash CALD Youth Careers Forum.
Held at our Glen Waverley campus, the Forum helped young people explore their apprenticeship options and speak with industry and current apprentices, like Lauren.
“We were trying to get the message out there, not just for young people, but all people looking to do a trade. I just wanted to represent the female side of the trades and encourage more females to complete a trade,” says Lauren.
And her advice for those considering an electrical apprenticeship or career change?
“If it’s something you want to do, follow your passion. You will learn to build a rapport with people and respect comes from it.”
For more details about our Free TAFE UEE22011 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) Pre-apprenticeship through Holmesglen’s Futuretech campus or our UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician course, contact 9564 4700.
Lauren (centre) meeting with Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy MP at our Futuretech campus.