In his time at school, Jake has completed courses that have set him on a pathway for his future. Hearing from a friend about night welding classes that TAFE Queensland Toowoomba campus offered interested Jake.
"Being a boarder, it seemed like it would be a fun thing to do during the evenings, as the TAFE campus is almost across the road," he said.
Having really enjoyed the welding course the same friend suggested looking into the TAFE at School program where they could complete a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (MEM20413).
"I was fully onboard so we spoke with our VET Coordinator at school and submitted our applications," said Jake.
"Deciding to go through with it was the best decision I could make."
Once he completed his Certificate II in Engineering and having family that live on a property in Middlemount Jake decided to study in the agriculture industry and enrolled in a Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30116).
"I was lucky enough to get a school-based traineeship and have just finished the Certificate III in Agriculture through TAFE Queensland," he said.
Knowing that school was coming to an end, Jake started looking for employment.
"I applied for a job in the Kimberleys on a cattle station and I have been successful. It’s great knowing that I will be leaving school with a job to go to and two qualifications to my name," said Jake.
"Not only can I work in the agricultural industry with my certificate III, but I am pretty handy at fixing stuff because of my certificate II – and on property, there is always something that needs to be fixed.”
Jake's advice to other students contemplating this pathway is, “Do it – you’ll learn a lot, meet people you will always remember and you will have a ball."
"I truly believe that I would not have been given the opportunity I have, had it not been for the qualifications I completed at TAFE. They teach you real skills for the real world," he said.
Jake is ready to move onto the next chapter in his life and can’t wait to get to Western Australia.
"I thank TAFE Queensland for giving me the skills, experiences and the confidence I need to be successful in the agricultural industry," said Jake.