Stand out in a crowd

Broad­en­ing your skills can give you a leg up in a job in­ter­view, writes Tessa Akerman

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BE­ING suc­cess­ful in a job in­ter­view means stand­ing out from the crowd and pre­sent­ing with ex­tra skills may do the trick, says Rene Nikolic from the Ade­laide Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre.

Es­tab­lished in 1989, by the Fed­eral and South Aus­tralian gov­ern­ments and in­dus­try, the not-for-profit train­ing provider of­fers cour­ses in hand­son trades, in­clud­ing me­chan­ics, fabrication, en­gi­neer­ing pro­duc­tion, gen­eral con­struc­tion and elec­tri­cal.

‘‘ It gives them a leg up for in­ter­view pur­poses . . . it gives them ba­sic skills from day one,’’ Nikolic says. For em­ploy­ers who are look­ing to up­skill their work­ers, ATEC pro­vides train­ing that can be specif­i­cally tai­lored for their re­quire­ments.

‘‘ The big­gest re­ward is see­ing our ap­pren­tices come back with their own ap­pren­tices,’’ Nikolic says.

As well as job­seek­ers and em­ploy­ees, ATEC also pro­vides train­ing for sec­ondary school stu­dents.

‘‘ These pro­grams are all about value adding to the stu­dent so, when he’s ready for a ca­reer, he’s got a sound base.

‘‘ It’s all na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited train­ing.

‘‘ They re­ceive the same qual­ity train­ing as our ap­pren­tices. It gives them a fairly good un­der­stand­ing of what the trade is about be­fore they start.’’

David Tran com­pleted the 10-week weld­ing course re­cently to gain some new skills to make him more com­pet­i­tive in the job­seeker mar­ket.

‘‘ I’m cur­rently un­em­ployed and I’m look­ing to get some skills to bet­ter my­self and get into the work­force,’’ he says.

‘‘ It’s given me more skills than what I had be­fore and it’s been a real ben­e­fit to me. It’s broad­ened my skills within the weld­ing in­dus­try.

‘‘ There are peo­ple who don’t have it and it will give me an edge be­cause I do have the ba­sic weld­ing skills.’’

Picture: Dean Martin

BEN­E­FITS: David Tran works on his weld­ing skills with Ade­laide Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre’s Luke Bi­hun.

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