Dylan Narsamma left school in Year 10 and reckons he started going down the wrong track. While he was doing some basic foundation studies at TAFE NSW Eora, one of the teachers noticed he was ‘pretty OK’ at maths.
“He said I could try out this pre-apprenticeship program,” says Dylan.
Dylan is referring to emPOWER, a course for Aboriginal people which can open up amazing opportunities in electrical apprenticeships.
The program is run at TAFE NSW Mt Druitt and is fully funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment as part of the Empowering YOUth Initiatives. It is a full-time, 8-week course starting mid-May 2017.
You’ll do group work and make friends as you learn. emPOWER is all about giving you the skills and confidence to be recruited as an apprentice electrician.
“At TAFE I fitted in. I wasn’t treated as a child, and that helped me. “When I finished the course, I had interviews with all companies, and was offered a load of apprenticeships. I took up the job with NECA.”
emPOWER has many partner organisations who want to employ graduates of the course as apprentices. This could be your pathway to a rewarding career. You could start your apprenticeship as soon as July.
Dylan is now a third-year apprentice, and is currently working on a sub-station at St George Hospital. He loves his career, and is powering up for the future.
Does this sound like you?
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander looking for a trade aged 15-24 years
- not afraid of heights or confined spaces
- able to distinguish between colours
- have a positive attitude