Casey Shannon (middle) receiving her Outstanding Apprentice Award from Apprentice Employment Network's Gary Workman (left) and Member for Mount Waverley Matt Fregon MP (right).
Casey Shannon knows that when you’re doing something you love; the rest falls into place.
A personal trainer in her previous life, she decided a career change was necessary to improve her work/life balance. Casey’s newfound passion led her to Holmesglen and a wall and floor tiling apprenticeship.
Casey is now an award-winning apprentice and a respected wall and floor tiling professional at Bravada Waterproofing.
“This apprenticeship was a complete game changer for me. I was so pleased to have found the learning environment stimulating, challenging and interesting. I was inspired to aim high and constantly improve my skills and knowledge,” she says.
Casey has made significant strides, from a career changer to Master Builders Association of Victoria’s best wall and floor tiling apprentice. Her journey is also an inspiration for other women looking to enter a trade.
“I hope that my journey and my passion can inspire other women to enter a trade,” says Casey.
Casey offers two pieces of advice for those considering an apprenticeship.
It is important to find the right training environment
“If I can sum up the value learning has had on me it is that I can take pride in myself again,” says Casey.
During her apprenticeship at Holmesglen, Casey learned how to carry out measurements and calculations and read and interpret plans. She also gained skills in waterproofing and decorative tiling.
“I had such a positive experience during my training. My teachers recognised in me that I was a go-getter and had the aptitude to figure things out on my own as well.”
A trade is about working well in a team and a chance to learn from others
“In tiling, jobs are always easier in a team, and I enjoy that environment. On tiling jobs, one team member will be laying the main areas and the other person measuring and making the cuts/mitres. For demolition jobs, we rotate between operating jackhammers, shovelling rubble and emptying rubble. In this way you get to learn all aspects of the trade and as a team we get to support each other,” explains Casey.
Find out where a CPC31311 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling apprenticeship can take you at our course page, or come visit our workshop and meet with teachers at our next Open Day.
Casey Shannon's achievements
- Holmesglen best 1st year wall and floor tiling apprentice 2017
- Holmesglen best 2nd year wall and floor tilting apprentice 2018
- Holmesglen best 3rd year wall and floor tiling apprentice 2019
- Holmesglen outstanding apprentice 2019
- Master Builders Association of Victoria Apprentice of the Year – wall and floor tilling 2019