HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Sunshine Sugar Harwood fourth year apprentices James Gill and Reece Holden.
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Sunshine Sugar Harwood fourth year apprentices James Gill and Reece Holden.

Trade offers great career and future

SUNSHINE Sugar apprentices Reece Holden and James Gill are about to complete the final year of their engineering and electro-technology apprenticeships at Harwood Mill and are looking forward to the next chapter of their careers.

Raised in the Clarence, Mr Holden and Mr Gill wanted to get into a trade after they finished school, but wanted to stay close to home.

"I love the coastal lifestyle this area offers and to do my apprenticeship and stay here was ideal for me" Mr Gill said.

"That's why when the opportunity came up at Sunshine Sugar I knew it would be the right apprenticeship for me, so I jumped at the chance."

Mr Holden had a career at Sunshine Sugar in mind since he started studying Certificate II in engineering at school.

"A lot of my friends did their work placement at Sunshine Sugar and they had really good things to say about it," he said.

"I also wanted to continue my studies in engineering, and I knew Sunshine Sugar would be able to offer broad exposure to the industry."

Four years on and with a nationally recognised trade qualification under their belts, the blokes are optimistic about their future.

"I eventually want to study engineering at uni, but first I am going to travel around Europe and explore my career options when I get back" Mr Gill said.

Mr Holden on the other hand is keen to get straight back into it.

"The next step in my career is to complete a Certificate IV in engineering," he said.

Harwood mill Second Engineer Nigel Hicks said he was proud of their commitment and dedication to their apprenticeship and the organisation.

"Both guys have put in the hard work required to learn their respective trades and we are currently assessing options to retain their skills within the organisation" he said.

When asked if they had any advice for young people looking to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship, Reece and James agreed that gaining hands- on experience while studying has been the ideal way to start their careers.



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