Matthew completed his Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). He worked with Electrical Apprenticeships and host employer, Star Group.
With the electrical industry moving forward with energy efficient products and systems, Matthew enjoys contributing to the larger picture of clean energy.
To broaden his career options and keep his skills up-to-date, Matthew completed a renewable energy skill set at CIT, which gave him a Statement of Attainment in Working in the Wind Industry.
This gave Matthew the opportunity to travel to Europe under the Commonwealth funded VET Outbound Mobility Program and experience firsthand renewable energy practices from world leaders in renewable energy.
“I wish people knew how a VET qualification can be so fun and full of different opportunities,” Matthew said.
“Never would I have thought I would travel to France and won ACT Apprentice of the Year, thanks to my VET education.”
Matthew hopes to use what he has learnt through this experience to help shape change in Canberra and surrounding areas, and to be a champion for renewable energy.
Matthew was the 2018 ACT Training Awards Apprentice of the Year, the 2018 Australian Training Awards Australian Apprentice of the Year runner-up, and is a member of the Australian VET Alumni.