Keeping the trade in the family
Courtesy of The Advertiser.
For as long as he can remember, 17-year-old Cain Gerrits has wanted to work as a plasterer, like his greatgrandfather, grandfather and his dad,
Ben, before him. Now Cain is following in their footsteps, after convincing his dad he wanted to be a schoolbased apprentice, earning while learning his trade.
He is employed by Gerrits Plastering as a second-year apprentice and is training at Flexible Construction Training & Assessments.
Cain’s dad has been taking him to job sites since he was a youngster. He recalls that, aged eight or nine, he was intrigued by how the art of plastering would transform the look of a building.
“I thought it was amazing,” Cain says. “My dad has been a role model throughout my life and that was my main goal as a young lad — to be like him. Now I’m using the pathway to see if that is what I want to do for the rest of my life.” The St Patrick’s Technical College student, who has completed his Certificate III in Solid Brick Plastering, plans to seek his general builder’s licence and advises young people wanting an apprenticeship to plan ahead. “It’s another qualification you can have under your belt,” Cain says.