VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Interview with Ben Iredale: Talking about fitter & turner apprenticeship
Ben Iredale standing in a factory in his work clothes.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale standing in a factory in his work clothes.
Graphic on screen: Fitter & Turner Ben Iredale JC Smale Notting Hill
AUDIO: After finishing school I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do so I tried a few different TAFE courses. And I got into one which was actually mechatronics.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale adjusting equipment in the factory.
AUDIO: And I really enjoyed the workshop work and one of the teachers said ‘Ah well, if you really like this you might consider a fitting and turning apprenticeship. Starting the apprenticeship, I didn’t have much knowledge about the trade or how it all worked. I didn’t do a pre-apprenticeship or anything like that so there was a massive learning curve when I first started but the people were really helpful and everyone looks out for you and are always willing to give you a bit of advice or give you a hand with whatever you need so, that was quite good.
AUDIO: Doing my apprenticeship was definitely a positive experience. I learnt lots and at the start there’s no expectations on you, being an apprentice.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale discussing work with colleagues.
AUDIO: You start from nothing and people will always help you. You grow, I guess, in the trade and in your knowledge.
AUDIO: I think the point of the apprenticeship is to train you to be a tradesman.
VIDEO: Fitter and turner working at a bench.
AUDIO: so when you finish your apprenticeship for most people they wouldn’t really notice the difference because that’s what the last three or four years have been; training towards that point.
AUDIO: Basically when I finished my apprenticeship they just handed me a piece of paper. My job didn’t really change. By that point I was already doing all the stuff they would expect me to do as a tradesman. So, there was really no handover or change in the job at all, it just flowed on, one day to the next.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale adjusting instruments at a bench.
AUDIO: I seem to have grasped machining quite well, so I do a lot of that in the workshop at the moment, but I enjoy fitting as well.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale working with a large piece of machinery.
AUDIO: There’s definitely a range of opportunities as a fitter and turner, you can be – there are some companies that are just purely machining and if that’s what you’re interested in you can stay there. There’s a lot of companies – basically any company that runs machinery has maintenance staff there. So, you can get a job as those or there’s a lot of contracting companies who will send you out to wherever jobs are needed.
AUDIO: I know a lot of fitters worked on the desalination plant down in Western Port, so there’s a lot of different jobs out there for a fitter and turner.
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