A BENDIGO plumber is armed with the skills to build a brighter future after attending a leadership program for the nation’s most promising apprentices and trainees.
Michael Francis, 23, was one of 21 apprentices recently selected by Group Training Australia to attend the Today’s Skills: Tomorrow Leaders intensive leadership program.
The all expenses paid program was held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Topics of discussion included: engaging employers; removing barriers to achieving goals; ways to increase job fulfilment; identifying lifestyle priorities and developing a five-year future vision.
Mr Francis recently completed his apprenticeship with CVCT and said the leadership program had armed him with skills for life.
“It was good,” he said.
“A lot of it was life-coaching and addressing the work/life balance so it wasn’t primarily about work.
“It was also about your lifestyle, your work/life balance and what you get out of it and the importance of allowing time for different things.”
Mr Francis said the leadership program included long-days.
“It was pretty much 14 hours a day every day,” he said.
“There was a lot about leadership, self-development and planning for where you want to be in five years and 10 years.
“The highlight for me was learning about going out on your own and run your own business, all the things you need to think about to make that happen.”
CVGT Australia chief executive officer Paul Green said Mr Francis’ participation in the program showed Group Training Australia had identified him as one of the country’s most promising young tradespeople.
“Michael (Francis) has shown his talent and a willingness to learn and earned extra certificates related to his trade to broaden his experience,” Mr Green said.
“He is the current holder of the Matthew Baldock award, a perpetual award that recognised the best CVGT Group Training Plumbing Apprentice.”