It was an enduring fascination with metal work that enticed former whitewater rafting guide Jake Perram to seek a different type of adrenalin when he switched careers to pursue a sheet metal apprenticeship.
Once Jake made the leap towards a trade career in 2013, things fell into place when he secured the first apprenticeship he applied for through MIGAS and was welcomed on board by thriving Penrith-based powder coat and wet paint business EMJAY Process Systems.
“I had 12 different jobs before this one, and I can safely say MIGAS placed me with one of the most accommodating and friendly workplaces you could find,” said Jake.
The Blue Mountains local quickly proved himself an indispensable part of the team, learning his trade with flair as he mastered the art of powder coating and spray painting, as well as designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing large scale industrial ovens, sinks, benches and rangehoods.
“I was surprised at how much responsibility I was able to take on once I had learnt the ropes. By the third year I was working at the same level as a tradesperson – assessing job requirements and manufacturing products with minimal supervision,” Jake said.
“My apprenticeship changed everything for me – I wasn’t a practical person and today I see everything differently. When I bought my first house I realised my mower didn’t work – previously I would’ve thrown it out and bought a new one, but now I have the confidence to pull it apart, fix it and put it back together.”
“Not only that – I can now turn something from a piece of paper into a large-scale prototype. How cool is that?” Jake said.
Jake said another highlight of the apprenticeship was learning to work with heat.
“It is such a fascinating force – learning the physics behind how heat can both impact and enhance your work.”
Jake performed so well his employers worked with MIGAS to complete his apprenticeship a year early through recognition of his prior experience and qualifications, and quickly snapped him up to work for them full time once he became qualified.
With plans on the horizon to pursue a second trade to open more doors, this is one sheet metal tradie on the rise.
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