Taste of Port life sparks career interest
- Published: 18 May 2021
South Regional TAFE student Chelsea Smith has gained valuable hands-on work experience, joining the electrical engineering team at the Port of Bunbury.
Chelsea, 19, who is doing her Certificate II in Electrotechnology, spent two weeks assisting the electricians out on jobs and in the workshop, learning about the Port’s safety procedures, and getting out on the water in one of our pilot boats.
“The Port has provided me with an amazing experience – and it’s cemented my goal to pursue a career in the electrical industry,” she said.
“It is a great working environment – everyone at the Port of Bunbury has been so welcoming, open to sharing advice and information, and willing to have me on board their team. I have loved it.”
Chelsea said the work experience was a vital component in her being able to finish her course.
“It is a great opportunity to be able to have this experience. There’s no doubt that work placement helps to set you on the right career path. You can really find out if the work is something you are interested in doing longer-term, before signing-up to an apprenticeship. You just can’t get that type of experience in a classroom.”
Southern Ports Chief Executive Officer, Steve Lewis said he was delighted Chelsea was able to gain on-the-job experience and a valuable insight into the operations of our Ports.
“Work experience programs provide important educational opportunities for people in our regions, as well as potential employment pathways”.