Stand out in a crowd
Broadening your skills can give you a leg up in a job interview, writes Tessa Akerman
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.’’
BENEFITS: David Tran works on his welding skills with Adelaide Training and Employment Centre’s Luke Bihun.