Kenji's gearing up for a diesel fitting career
TAFE at School is helping 17-year-old Kenji Mabuhay kick start his trade career in engineering.
Kenji isn't your typical teenager. He spends week-long stints 120 kilometres away from home to participate in TAFE Queensland's TAFE at School program via block training.
"When I heard about TAFE at School I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity, and I am lucky that I can board in Mount Isa while studying away from home," Kenji said.
"I drive myself from Cloncurry to Mount Isa on Sundays, ready for a Monday start. Travelling’s no problem, I just listen to my music and enjoy the drive."
"It honestly feels good to be a little independent and to be responsible for getting myself organised as those skills will help me out when I leave school at the end of the year."
TAFE at School provides eligible Year 11 or 12 students with the opportunity to complete a nationally-recognised qualification at TAFE Queensland while they're still at school.
Kenji said he enjoyed his hands-on TAFE at School training.
"I'm learning how to use a range of basic tools and machines and how to pull apart and re-assemble engineering mechanisms. I've also learned how to cut metal with oxy and I've been exposed to soldering," he continued.
"This course is also helping me to develop a career plan and gain effective communication and organisation skills."
Kenji said TAFE at School offers trade-focused students like him a career head start.
"My dad's a diesel fitter and he has a lot of industry experience. He's the reason why I decided to become a diesel fitter, because from a young age he exposed me to the trade and got me interested in the field," Kenji said.
"I want to go straight into work after I graduate high school, so that's why I chose to do TAFE at School as it'll help set me up for what I'm going to do after Year 12. When I finish high school I am hoping to secure a diesel fitting apprenticeship and maybe work in mining."