Apprentice Heavy Fabricator (welding)

Luke

CSBP provides a supportive learning environment for apprentices to undertake their apprenticeship through a registered training organisation.

We provide mechanical and instrument/electrical trade apprenticeship opportunities at our manufacturing and production facilities located in Kwinana, Western Australia

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What is  a typical day for you?

A typical day for me is getting here at six in the morning, getting to a pre-start safety meeting and then getting our schedule from our supervisors. From there, we go and lock on a job, get the permits re-validated and find out where the task is and away we go.
 
How would you describe your experience as an apprentice with CSBP? 

So far, so good. Everyone I’ve met here at CSBP has been like a family member, they are all very welcoming. It’s a good environment to work in, very safe, and I've learnt alot, mostly due to the number of plants that are here onsite. It’s been a big learning curve.

What attracted you to begin your apprenticeship with CSBP?

I was a contractor here before I started as an apprentice and every time I came here to work, I enjoyed it because of the people, so I thought, why not? I thought it’d be a good opportunity, so I took it on. I have a young family, so that also attracted me to do better and get further in life.

What is the most challenging project you've worked on at CSBP?

I was in charge of making a receivable chute in the granulation plant. It was the first one I'd ever done by myself. It was a big learning curve, but a lot of fun. Nothing’s really too hard because there’s always help around the corner. Everyday there’s a new challenge here, but yes, the chute was definitely the most challenging project I've worked on so far.
 
What development/training is offered in your role?

There’s lots of training opportunities at CSBP, we have our onsite inductions, then we have all of the safety training, like working at heights, breathing apparatus training and confined space training. More recently, I completed the EWP, fork lift and rigging and dogging training, which will provide me with more opportunities in the future.

How would you describe the support you get from your manager?

Pretty direct, he’s always a phone call away, but most of the time he comes up and checks on us to see how we’re going. Whenever I need anything, or if I have any problems whether it’s at home or here, I just go straight to him and he’s understanding.
 
How would you describe the culture at CSBP?

Very friendly and safe. Everyone is very welcoming and like to help each other out; and the focus on safety is excellent. Every job we do, we make sure everything is isolated and no-one’s going to get hurt, because at the end of the day, no one wants to not go home.

What advice would you give to someone who may just be starting out in their apprenticeship?

Stick in there, your apprenticeship is never as long as it feels, the second year just breezes through. Also, have a goal and just go for it! You never know what you’re going to get at the end of it, there’s always good things to come.

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