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14 November 2016

Career Corner - Wayne, Apprentice and Traineeship Coordinator


Wayne Wilson works closely with the Construction Training Fund in his role as Apprentice and Traineeship Coordinator at MPA Skills. MPA Skills are a group training organisation and registered training organisation who work with the plumbing and painting sector of the construction industry.

Tell use about your role as Apprentice & Traineeship Coordinator at MPA Skills:

My day to day role involves mentoring trainees, mainly full time and school based pre apprentice students. I also oversee the entire Try-A-Trade program for MPA Skills which involves students trying plumbing and painting over 3 days. We work closely with the Construction Training Fund in delivering their program to year 9 and 10 students to give them a taste of the industry.

I also attend career exhibitions, both the ones held at schools and the larger ones held at the Convention Centre. At these I represent MPA Skills and give information to attendees on what we offer.

I conduct site visits where I go out to students whilst on their work placement to check their progress, ensure they are in a good working environment and talk to their host employer.

My role is also to continue to establish and promote the MPA brand. A key aspect of this is promoting the pre apprenticeship program. I regularly speak to schools to encourage students to think about plumbing or painting as a career option and give them the opportunity to do a pre apprenticeship course to give them the basic skills and a working knowledge of the trade they choose that they can take with them into a full time apprenticeship.

How did you get into your current position?

After being a plumber for a number of years I decided I would like to move into the training side of the trade. An opportunity arose at MPA Skills and I've been here for over 6 years!

What do you like about being involved in the WA construction industry?

For me I love seeing the kids come in with very little knowledge of the trade at school age, they then transition through a pre apprenticeship, into an apprenticeship, into further training and starting their own companies where they take on their own pre apprentices and apprentices. I think that cycle is really exciting to be a part of.

What do you enjoy about working with young people in the industry?

I think my favourite part is seeing them grow in both maturity and confidence. They are doing something worthwhile in learning a skill that they will take with them for the rest of their life.

I find learning hand skills is a really important part of completing a pre apprenticeship and apprenticeship - something that isn't passed on through the generations as it used to be.

What are your career goals?

One thing I'm passionate about is getting more females to enter the industry. I think a lot of it involves educating people about the reality of the industry and the opportunities it opens up to young people.

I want people to think of a career in the construction industry as a really viable option, not just something that is a secondary choice or something they fall into. I also want to ensure young people have a safe, interesting and enjoyable work environment.

What are some highlights of your career so far?

Something I am really grateful for is the ability to move to Australia. My trade in plumbing enabled me not just to move from the UK to Australia, but to be able to work when the GFC was really hitting the industry at home.

I was extremely proud of my job with British Gas and before I left I was selected to take part in the Engineer Development Program which would progress me through to higher level roles within the company. However, I made the decision to move oversees which saw my career change in a different direction.

Finally, what are your hobbies outside of work?

I really enjoy rowing and I'm up early most mornings to head out onto the water. I'm also a lifelong Aston Villa fan and still love following them - even when they aren't doing so well!

Otherwise I spend time with my family which keeps me busy. 

02 November 2016

Armadale SHS Work Readiness Series

Our Training Support Officers, Steve and Braden, were recently invited to attend Armadale Senior High School's Work Readiness Series.

Steve and Braden (right of photo) spoke to the students about career opportunities in the construction industry and the transition from school to work.

We hope to see some of the students studying a Certificate II in Building and Construction soon!

For more information on our training support services, email