HVTC 40th Anniversary - Luke Bailey

Former HVTC School-Based Apprentice, Luke Bailey, grew up with an interest in mechanics and learning how things worked, which led him down a more practical learning pathway.

“I preferred the idea of doing a trade rather than going to Uni, and I think it can give you just as much benefit. I had interest in pulling things apart to learn how they worked, which led me down the plant mechanics path,” he said.

In 2013, Luke undertook his School-Based apprenticeship in Mobile Plant Technology through HVTC while hosted to Whitehaven’s Maules Creek Coal. Luke completed his apprenticeship in 2017 and has since continued to work with Maules Creek Coal and developed his career in the industry.

“I enjoyed working on the heavy mining equipment; the sort of stuff you don’t see every day. I was able to complete a supervisor course through Whitehaven after my apprenticeship and also did a trainer and assessor course.”

Luke is now working as a Maintenance Planner with Maules Creek Coal, where he is responsible for planning the scheduled maintenance of equipment and machinery.

“The apprenticeship helped me get the hands-on experience and was a good way for me to learn about the field.

“I guess it depends on your learning style – whether you like the more hands-on pathway or if the theory is better for you – but I think an apprenticeship gives a taste of what’s to come and gives a bit of variety with your learning.

“You can get insight into what you’ll be doing if you work in that industry and it’s a good way to get a start in your career.”

Luke Bailey