Having fled war-torn Iran to start a new life in Australia, Ali Hamidi is now well on his way to achieving his dream of starting his own painting business.
Through the Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Registered Trades Skills Pathway, Ali has been able to formalise his existing painting and decorating skills with a trade qualification.
Ali said that without the support of the CSQ funding he received to complete the course he would not be where he is today.
“I now dream of starting my own business and one day being able to buy a house for my family. I also want to be able to employ others who are unemployed and be able to give back by helping others," Ali said.
Ali’s qualification was completed through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a process where existing skills gained from work experience are recognised. Ali then completed training at TAFE Queensland's Acacia Ridge campus to gain the skills required to complete his remaining units.
Ali is also enrolled to complete the CSQ funded Trade Contractor Licence Skill Set (SSCPC0003) and on successful completion, he will then be able to register for his QBCC building license. This license will then allow him to formally register his dream painting business.
TAFE Queensland - SkillsTech RPL Contracts Manager Gavin Burdett said that Ali is very appreciative of the support that he has been given from both TAFE Queensland and CSQ.
“He is a very humble and dedicated person who is just looking to create a better future for his family,” Mr Burdett said.
“The CSQ funding really opens up the doors for skilled workers such as Ali to finally get their trade skills recognised,” he said.
Through his time at TAFE Queensland Ali has developed a number of close friendships with both his TAFE Queensland teachers and the support staff. Ali said that everyone has been so nice and helpful towards him.
“On my first day at TAFE Queensland, the teachers and support staff were all so helpful. My English isn't too good, some of the words I couldn’t understand but the staff helped every step of the way,” Ali said.
CSQ funding continues to help many aspiring tradespeople every year across a number of funding initiatives. At TAFE Queensland - SkillsTech alone, CSQ has helped 49 students in the last financial year to become trade qualified under the Construction Skills Queensland – Registered Trades Skills Pathway.