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Old 02-05-2004, 18:58   #1 (permalink)
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grrrr, apprenticeship hitting brick walls

As some people here know, I'm trying to get a motor mechanic's apprenticeship. With SFA luck so far.

I've tried with pretty much EVERY one advertised in the herald sun and the local rag for the last few weeks, but no luck.

I think the main problem lies with my education; I left school at 16 to join the army. Which was all well and dandy, until the waiting list I was on just kept getting bigger and bigger, my enlistment date just kept further and further away. I eventually gave up on the idea of full time infantry and went reserves. This got me in right away. Go figure.

So my resume looks like this; April 2002, left school (end of term one, year 11), I then worked casual in retail until I finally got into the army (August last year). Since then, well, I've done nothing. I applied for an apprenticeship the week I got back from basic, and have been doing so since then. It's been 5 odd months and not looking too hopeful right now.

It really doesn't look good at all. What can I do to help this along? I worked with Shannon's at the grand prix auction last year and it looks like I'll be doing it again this year unless something pops up in the next 2-3 week (doubtful). That's my limit of automotive experience, besides doing the work on my car (yippee i replaced the thermostat).

I've heard about this TAFE pre-apprenticeship course, does anyone know the jist of it all? I'll try doing it after the motor show, is it a 6 week course like I've heard? Does it even run all year round?

Any help would be great, the only option if this falls through is joining the army full time and doing an apprenticeship with them, but moving away from Melbourne doesn't really appeal to me anymore.
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Old 02-05-2004, 19:03   #2 (permalink)
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Have a browse at these links...

http://www.kangan.edu.au/news/media-...motorsport.htm

http://www.gellen.org.au/MotorMechanic.doc
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Old 02-05-2004, 20:10   #3 (permalink)
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I tried the same thing (my moment of madness) and didn't get in...mostly the opinion was that I hadn't done anything in that sort of area before (hint: that is why I was applying for an apprenticeship idiots). Pre-apprenticeship will help you sooooooo much, would make you immediately employable as they dont have to teach you the basics.

Good luck psycho....you will need it.
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Old 02-05-2004, 20:13   #4 (permalink)
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Called about the TAFE course, 4-6 months, full time. Spose I can deal with that. Work night fill at Big W so I can pay for mods hehe.

So parking classic cars in at Jeff's Shed is worthless!

Naw, laughing at the dickheads asking why we aren't flogging off any VLs is worth it.
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Definatly go the pre apprenticeship course.

Unfortunaltly these days is seems to be a requirement to get a trade under your belt ....... I have no idea why..... As a tradeperson albiet not a mechanic but similar in apprenticeships, I would much rather train someone from scratch ,.... my way ...... not how someone else who, lets face it is a tech teacher who mightn't be able to cut it in the real working world hence there working where they are ..... [ me awaits the flames from tech teachers.... hehehehehhee ........ guys will say Hairdresing tech teachers are whom I'm directing this to ... heheheehhehee ]

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You could always ask your mechanic (that is if you take you car to one) if they have any jobs going or would consider an apprenticeship?

My brother became a brake mechanic becaue he asked the guy who did his old Skyline brakes if he would take him on as an apprentice. Sure enough, he was working there a month later.
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Old 02-05-2004, 22:27   #7 (permalink)
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Mum takes her car to a guy she knows, I asked him about it a while back and he said it's best if you have the TAFE course, they took on a guy without one and wouldn't do it again. And mine doesn't get serviced, I'm confident doing it myself. Even though I broke the lawnmower when I tried fixing it last year hehe.

There was an ad for one at a Ford service department, dad is on a first name basis with the service principal, no help, need the TAFE course at least. That or year 12, which I'm not going back to do.

The course starts in July, 6 month course, 2 and a half days a week. Looks like I'm working casual again til the end of the year. Should work out, just a year behind what I wanted. Find a job after the motor show is over.

Anyone going to the Melbourne motor show this year.....come say hi!
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try asking for some work experience with the out look to a apprenticeship. Worked for a mate of mine, he got a free tank full of fuel and $50 in the hand while he was doing his work experience
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Do the course mate.I did one & while i didnt get an apprenticeship i am working in the automotive trade.Aslo taught me ALOT more about the workings of cars.
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