Tim's cool about his age
AFTER finishing his university course in business and tourism, Tim Whitehead was left with a large HECs debt in a very uncertain employment market.
Despite his age – he is 28 – Mr Whitehead decided to apply for an apprenticeship with Frigid-Air in Lismore.
“A lot of my mates are tradies and I like working with my hands so I decided to give it a go,” he said.
Not only did the company agree to take on the “mature-aged” apprentice, but Mr Whitehead was recently named TAFE’s Far North Coast Apprentice of the Year.
Later this week, he will also discover if he has won the Department of Training’s Apprentice of the Year Award that will see him go to Sydney to compete in the state final and then, if successful there, on to the nationals.
“It’s fulfilling for me because it means I’ve made the right choice this late in life. Normally you finish an apprenticeship when you are 21.”