When Raed Esho first migrated from Iraq to Australia in 2013, a monumental challenge awaited him – he needed to improve his English skills and find a career that’ll enable him to support his wife and two young children.
Raed found his solution at Kangan Institute. Embarking on an automotive pre-apprenticeship program, Raed maximised the program’s work placement arrangements and worked with his teachers to secure a job he loves today as a mechanic apprentice.
“I have a bachelor degree in education and psychology but the qualification wasn’t formally recognised in Australia. I also knew very little English. I wanted to find a path that’ll train me and help me start a career I liked as quickly as possible, so I chose Kangan Institute’s pre-apprenticeship in automotive,” he said.
“My teachers were fantastic. They spent extra time to help me improve my English skills, especially in relation to working in automotive. They also helped me to prepare my resume, find a work placement and gave me regular support while I was on the job.”
After completing his three-month work placement, Raed used his newfound skills and practical experience to secure a full-time apprenticeship as a mechanic at Top Line Automotive in Tullamarine.
Raed, who also took out Kangan Institute’s Pre-Apprentice of the Year Award in 2015, said a large part of his success was due to his teachers and training.
“I love this job, and I’d tell anyone who wants a good future to study at Kangan Institute. When I first started my studies, my teachers made it easy and explained all the things I didn’t understand. This made me love the job and inspired me to finish my training,” he said.
“The training facility has everything. When learning about assembly, for instance, the teacher demonstrated every step using a real engine outside of the vehicle. This helped me understand the process more clearly.”
Des Christian, owner of Top Line Automotive, has nothing but praise for the high-achieving apprentice.
“Raed has been a positive addition to the team and to the business. He has a good sense of communication, a positive attitude and a good technical background, which Kangan Institute’s training played a part in cultivating,” said Des.
Des has exciting plans for the business – including expanding their partnerships, work on top-of-the-range performance cars and introducing a mobile service – and he sees Raed playing an important role in unfolding this future.
“I don’t expect my staff to be just another worker; I’d like them to understand the business structure and principles. Raed’s got that. He’s got great teamwork and a real maturity in the workshop, which is important.”
Delivered at the Docklands campus’ Automotive Centre of Excellence, Kangan Institute’s automotive pre-apprenticeship program provides career guidance, one-on-one mentoring and language, literacy and numeracy support. The program also offers opportunities to undertake work placements and facilitation towards employment with our automotive partners.
Courses include the Certificate II in Automotive Studies (Mechanical/Spray painting and panel beating streams) and Certificate II in Motorsport Technology, with ongoing enrolments and information sessions.
Kangan Institute also works with the automotive industry to provide a holistic approach to workforce planning, practical placement opportunities, recruitment and upskilling solutions, focusing on supporting industry needs rather than training candidates for jobs that do not exist.
Find out more here.