HVTC 40th Anniversary - Andrew Godwin
Andrew Godwin completed his Engineering Mechanical apprenticeship with HVTC in 2014 while hosted to WDS Limited and completing his RTO training through Hunter-V-Tec.
Andrew enrolled in University to study Mechanical Engineering, but didn’t find the format of University study engaging. He decided that a more hands-on apprenticeship pathway would be suitable for him to gain knowledge and skills in the industry while still studying to gain a qualification.
In pursuing this practical pathway, Andrew undertook an 8-week pre-apprenticeship course through Hunter-V-Tec before securing an apprenticeship with HVTC and WDS Limited.
Something that Andrew enjoyed about his apprenticeship was the supportive training environment that he was provided with his Host Employer as well as Hunter-V-Tec. He also says a highlight for him was being named Apprentice of the Year at the 2014 Regional NSW Training Awards for the Hunter region.
Andrew has also had the opportunity to be involved in the Today’s Skills Tomorrow’s Leaders program and says that he is a strong advocate for the VET sector and the opportunities it can provide.
Andrew believes that for him, having the practical trade background has been “invaluable” in progressing further into the engineering field. He has been able to gain skills and experience through his apprenticeship that benefit him in his everyday life, with the ability to fix things around the house and the improvement of his problem-solving skills.
Since completing his apprenticeship, Andrew returned to Uni to complete his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and continues to pursue further study in the field. Andrew is now working as a Reliability Engineering with Tomago Aluminium, where he looks after the strategic maintenance for the company.