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Twice the success: Education and trade

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Armed with his Year 12 SACE from Marcellin Technical, Jayden Plowman, 18, is ready to take on the next step as an apprentice learning how to restore classic cars.

Despite wanting to learn a trade, Plowman, left, also had a personal ambition to complete Year 12 studies after moving to South Australia from interstate. Being able to attend Marcellin Technical has helped him achieve his two goals of completing Year 12 and receiving training towards certificates.

“I’m the first one in the family to get to finish Year 12,’’ Plowman says. “I started TAFE in NSW in 2015. I did an automotive course and then, in 2017, I moved to SA and started my Certificate II in Metal Engineering and Fabrication.

“In April 2017, I started my apprenticeship and also my Certificate III in Metal Engineering and Fabrication, (the latter of) which I am due to complete about this time next year.’’

Every Monday, Plowman attends school for training; the rest of the week he works at Rodney Plowman Restorations, alongside his dad. He has always been interested in cars and had found an automotive apprenticeship in New South Wales but moved before signing the paperwork. “I’ve always been in the shed working with (dad) since I was a little kid, working on cars helping him put them together,’’ he says.

In less than two years, Plowman will have completed the necessary training and will be fully qualified to work as an engineering tradesperson. He says being able to finish SACE while learning a trade is useful.

“It was a good opportunity to finish Year 12 while I was doing my work to get certificates,’’ he says. “A good fabricator will never be without a job.’’

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