TAFE Queensland scholarship puts light automotive apprentice Shaun Dunnett in the fast lane

Shaun made the decision to change careers and invest in his future and was fortunate enough to secure one of sixty TAFE Queensland scholarships.

4 Sep 2017

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech light automotive apprentice, Shaun Dunnett is just one example of how the TAFE Queensland scholarship program continues to positively impact student lives. After struggling to find ongoing employment in the soil and testing industry in Gladstone, Shaun made the decision to change careers and invest in his future and was fortunate enough to secure one of sixty TAFE Queensland scholarships. The scholarship provided Shaun with $5,000, facilitating a kick start to his career goals.

Shaun is one of many mature-aged apprentices in Queensland and with the rising costs of living, is finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet. Shaun said that the TAFE Queensland scholarship was definitely worth applying for and enabled him to purchase tools as well as supplement his apprentice wages.

“The TAFE Queensland scholarship has helped me greatly by giving me the ability to purchase a whole set of quality tools upfront”, said Shaun. “This has not only allowed me to have the necessary tools to efficiently carry out my job, but also show my employer that I have the drive and interest in my career”.

Shaun is proving to excel within the automotive space and was recently selected to be part of a unique apprentice team chosen to pilot a Work Integrated Learning project called Race Ya Mates. The project has been developed in partnership with ACM Parts who donated a 2007 VE SS Holden Ute that will be modified and upgraded by a team of automotive apprentices over the next six months. Led by light automotive teacher Mark Booker, the team have been documenting their results through regular chassis dynometer testing and frequent ¼ mile passes at Race Ya Mates events held at the Willowbank Raceway.

The project has attracted more than twenty industry sponsors who are keen to assist the team in achieving their goals. It aims to engage apprentices through practical hands-on learning and hopes to result in practical learning competencies being taught and tested through light automotive qualifications in the future.

Mark Booker said the program is focused on building the apprentices’ existing knowledge and enabling them to feel responsible for their learning. “The project is an industry first for TAFE Queensland SkillsTech and gives students both a practical learning opportunity and the opportunity to meet industry specialists”, said Mark.

For more information visit the TAFE Queensland scholarships website.

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