Veteran Ford Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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.