Noth­ing to lose and ev­ery­thing to gain

Western Times - - LIFE -

Q&A with Christo­pher Knight, heavy ve­hi­cle me­chanic and state Ap­pren­tice of the Year HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOUR TRADE?

I did a Cer­tifi­cate II in Lo­gis­tics then built up the courage to ask for a job (ap­pren­tice­ship) and was de­nied. Af­ter three times, I ended up get­ting a job.

I al­ways wanted to be a me­chanic but some­one had to put their neck on the line and give me a chance.

WHY SHOULD PEO­PLE PUR­SUE A TRADE?

Be­sides the skills short­age we have, they should do a trade be­cause of the feel­ing you get when you fix some­thing – you can’t re­ally de­scribe it.

There are jobs left, right and cen­tre. The ad­vice I would give it is that you have noth­ing to lose and ev­ery­thing to gain.

WHAT DOES YOUR TRADE IN­VOLVE?

Dur­ing my ap­pren­tice­ship, my job was trucks and trail­ers but now I am work­ing on ac­cess equip­ment so fix­ing things like fork­lifts.

I am out of my com­fort zone but they – Al­fasi Hire – gave me a chance to prove my­self and I am lov­ing ev­ery step of it.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WIN AP­PREN­TICE OF THE YEAR?

Queens­land Train­ing Awards win gave me a feel­ing of self-worth.

As a fi­nal­ist in the Aus­tralian train­ing Awards I’ll be go­ing out and speak­ing to in­sti­tu­tions and kids. I am keen to make sure the next gen­er­a­tion get their foot in the door the right way.

My part­ner and I have just had a baby and built a house so hope­fully I’ll get up on the Aus­tralian Awards, too.

Photo:Tony Phillips Pho­tog­ra­phy

TAK­ING THE CHANCE: Queens­land Train­ing Awards 2018 Harry Hauen­schild Ap­pren­tice of the Year Christo­pher Knight’s win has given him a feel­ing of self-worth.

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