HVTC 40th Anniversary - Joshua Lodge
Since completing his Laboratory Techniques traineeship in 2014, Joshua Lodge has completed further training and continued to develop in his career with his Host Employer, Origin Energy – Eraring Power Station.
Joshua initially intended to go to University to study Chemical Engineering, but decided to put off commencing his degree in order to pursue a more practical pathway.
“I wanted to gain access to the workforce immediately after completing my HSC for practical and real-world experience. I delayed commencing my Chemical Engineering degree straight out of school so that I was able to gain full time work.”
In the time since completing his traineeship with HVTC, Joshua has continued to work with Origin in various positions, including as a Process Chemist, Maintenance Coordinator, and now as a Chemical Engineer in their Asset Management and Development Engineering team.
While working with Origin, Joshua has also undertaken further studies, completing both a Diploma in Laboratory Operations through TAFE NSW and a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with Class 1 Honours at the University of Newcastle.
Learning the foundations of the field before progressing to Uni was something that appealed to Joshua about his traineeship. He was able to learn unique practical skills that were applicable to what he was learning, including power station chemistry and water treatment.
Joshua was also recognised at a national level in 2013, which he said was a highlight moment of his traineeship. He progressed to the Australian Training Awards and took out the Trainee of the Year category after winning the same category at the Regional and State NSW Training Awards.
Joshua believes that his traineeship benefited him in developing the base knowledge and skills he needed to progress in his career and undertake further study.
“A traineeship is a great alternative way to start your career without going straight to University. You can gain access to the workforce faster and start learning skills within the work environment that can be transferred anywhere. These skills help with further studies if you wish to undertake them.”