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News : January 2013

Media: Apprentice Gorrie feels the buzz

Kerfoot Apprentice Tom Gorrie was recently featured in The Daily Telegraph. Well done Tom!

TOM Gorrie is one of a growing number of electrical apprentices coming into the trade after experimenting with other careers.

Figures from Energy Skills Australia (E-OZ) show only 52 per cent of commencing electrical apprentices are under 19 years of age, compared with 68 per cent of that group a decade ago.

The proportion of 25 to 44-year-olds, meanwhile, has increased from 12 per cent in 2001 to 22 per cent in 2010.

Gorrie, 24, spent more than three years in the outdoor recreation industry before becoming a labourer.

The Baulkham Hills resident began as an electrical apprentice with Kerfoot Electronics 18 months ago and hopes to work in industrial construction when qualified.

‘‘By doing labouring I tried a few different trades and then decided to do the one that I liked the best,’’ he says. ‘‘ Right now I’m doing commercial fitouts and construction as well as data, industrial automation jobs and working with airconditioning systems.
‘‘When I finish I want to specialise more in the industrial construction sector.’’

Article and image courtesy of The Daily Telegraph

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