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24 April 2017

Did You Know - CY OConnor

Image courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia 002722d

Did you know CY O'Connor (Charles Yelverton) was an Irish Engineer who moved to Western Australia in 1891 to become Engineer-In-Chief.

He is best known for the construction of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme and Fremantle Harbour. He was a visionary however many people, including the press, ridiculed his work. Over 100 years later his work is still an integral part of WA.

 

03 April 2017

Interactive Centre Registration of Interest

Are you a teacher in Western Australia?

In early 2018 we will be opening an exciting new excursion venue for school students between year 5 and 12.

Teachers can now register their interest in the centre here, with excursion packs to be made available soon.

03 April 2017

Apprentice Spotlight - Jonathan

Last week we met Apprentice Electrician, Jonathan, on site. We were excited to learn that after commencing on site as a labourer with Georgiou, Jonathan was quickly offered an electrical apprenticeship with contractor RNM Electrical after they noticed his hard work and 'head down' attitude to getting the job done. We had a quick chat with Jonathan to find out more.

We were really pleased to hear your story of being offered an apprenticeship on our site, tell us how it happened.

I completed an electrical pre-apprenticeship last year, since then I have been looking for an apprenticeship. I started on the Construction Training Fund site a few weeks ago as a labourer for Georgiou and I was lucky that RNM Electrical noticed me and offered me an electrical apprenticeship, which I started last week.

Why did you decide an apprenticeship was for you?

I completed one year of an engineering degree, and whilst I enjoyed it, after a lot of thought I decided to pursue an electrical career instead. A big draw card was being paid to learn, not many training options can offer that! It allows me to get practical experience, gain a trade I can use anywhere in the world and pay the bills at the same time.

What have been some of your day to day duties in your first week as an apprentice?

I have been digging trenches, running cables, installing light fittings and feeding cables into trays.

If you could give advice to a young person looking at a career in the construction industry, what would it be?

Get out of your comfort zone! It's not easy, but it's worth it.

What are your goals for the next 5 years?

I want to finish my apprenticeship, which will take four years. From there I would love to work my way up into a supervisory or management role.

What is your favourite thing about working in the construction industry?

It's just so diverse. You get to work with a vast amount of different trades and teams but you're all there to reach the same end goal of delivering a product to a client. It's also a great industry to make friends.

One last question, what do you like to do outside of work?

I really enjoy reading and cooking, they are great ways to relax after a busy day.

Thanks Jonathan, we can't wait to see your career progress!