Eighteen-year-old Ty Broccardo from Innisfail is on his way to becoming a heavy diesel fitter after securing an apprenticeship with Hastings Deering thanks to his TAFE at School qualifications.

First completing the TAFE at School program while in Year 11 at Good Counsel College, Ty's pathway began with gaining a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation.

“I really liked the automotive course, it taught me heaps about how cars run and the basic of servicing,” said Ty.

“So in Year 12 I decided to go back and gain another qualification in engineering, and I learned how to use welders and the basics of fabrication,” he continued.

An added benefit of completing not one but two TAFE at School courses is that they set him up for an apprenticeship in Cairns as a heavy diesel fitter.

“The program definitely opened up doors for me and my qualifications put me one step ahead of everyone else when it came to applying for an apprenticeship,” said Ty.

“I now work at Hastings Deering and when I went for my interview I showed them my certificates. They told me that it was good that I already had those qualifications and some training."

“I really like my job and the work varies from checking over machinery at the start of the day to making sure it’s all safe to assisting on full services,” he said.


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