Pre-apprenticeship training through TAFE at School helped Lazarus Blythe find the right career path

The important role plumbing plays in our everyday lives can sometimes be forgotten. Plumbers are responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing the pipes in our homes and businesses, which allow liquid and gas to flow freely so we can flush toilets, cook our food, take showers and use air conditioners.

It's all this and more which fascinates TAFE at School Certificate II in Plumbing (52700WA) student Lazarus Blythe.

"I love plumbing, it's actually a lot of fun. I want to do well in my studies and become a good tradesman. I just want to be like my dad. He works in the trade industry and he wants me to grow up to be a good and hard worker," he said.

Lazarus studied his pre-apprenticeship course at the Mount Isa campus and said he enjoyed mixing theory lessons with hands-on training.

"I really like learning new things and I loved the activities, they were a lot of fun," Lazarus said.

"My teacher taught me about the important work, health and safety regulations for the plumbing industry, as well as how to properly use tools in the plumbing trade, and the basics of how to fix sewerage and kitchenware pipes."

"I was also able to use lasers to learn about levelling and reference points for construction projects, and it was lots of fun learning how to deburr a pipe to achieve a smooth finish."

Lazarus, 17, now wants to increase his plumbing knowledge even further.

"I'm hoping to get an apprenticeship in Mount Isa," Lazarus said.

"I really like the idea of working in plumbing because I just want to be able to help people. I want to know what to do in any sort of plumbing situation, so if someone has broken pipes in a hotel or their home, I will know what to do and how to fix it for them."

"After my apprenticeship, I think it would be good to get another certificate in gas piping or working on other higher levels of plumbing," he said.

According to Artibus Innovation, the Construction and Plumbing Services sector is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia, employing close to 1.2 million people or 9.4 per cent of the total national workforce.


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