WA Apprentice of the Year travels to India with PM

Thanks to the WA Training awards, former Swanbourne resident and 2016 WA Apprentice of the Year Brendan Carlson was selected to travel to India with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the Australia–India Skills mission.

The purpose of the mission, held in April, was to strengthen Australia’s engagement with India and commitment to skilling in a global economy.

This is not his first coup since winning the WA Training Award Brendan has also travelled to Darwin and Canberra to speak about his training experiences.

Originally an Infantry Soldier in the Australian Defence Force, Brendan said the award win had certainly opened a lot of doors on his new career path.

“It was an extremely busy and interesting couple of days.  I met with Indian students, teachers and registered training organisations and spoke about my experience completing an Electrical Instrumentation Apprenticeship and the benefits that can come from this type of training.  India has quite defined social classes and we wanted to promote apprenticeships as a top tier employment category.  I am so grateful for the opportunities winning a WA Training Award has afforded me.  I certainly don’t think I would have travelled with the Prime Minister to talk about my training and professional experiences otherwise,”  he said.

The Newman resident worked in the Australian Defence Force for six years before completing an apprenticeship with Chevron as part of his transition back into civilian life. He will be traveling to Adelaide in August to speak at the TAFE Directors Australia Convention and then to Canberra in November to mentor applicants in this year’s Australian Training Awards.

Applications are now open for the 2017 WA Training Awards and close 5 May 2017. More information can be found online at dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards.

Main picture: Brendan Carlson, WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 (second from right) with Australian Apprentice of the Year 2016 Shane Dealy (far right), talking to students during the Australia-India Skills Mission.

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Page last updated May 03, 2017