Not everyone is lucky enough to connect with a job that transforms their life in more ways than one. This is exactly the effect a mechanical fitting apprenticeship had on Perth local Branten Whitten, whose career aspirations went from lacklustre to turbocharged the further he progressed through his trade.
Branten said being offered an apprenticeship by Australia’s leading hydraulics authority Berendsen Fluid Power was a pivotal moment in his life.
“I had been working for Berendsen as a storeman for a year and had no idea where I wanted to be in the longer term. They ended up being impressed by my work ethic and willingness to learn and actually created an apprenticeship for me,” said Branten.
“I knew straight away it was a huge opportunity for me as I had been interested in a mechanical apprenticeship since I was a kid, but I wasn’t able to get a foot in the door. I was ecstatic – it was like my career path went from being limited to completely limitless overnight.”
Branten quickly got to work, learning how to install, repair and maintain hydraulic equipment and machinery, such as lifts, cranes and forklifts. The apprenticeship covered more than just the technical side, with Branten also learning the art of customer service.
The tradie reflected on how supportive his workplace was throughout his apprenticeship.
“I was really taken aback by how much energy everyone at work put into my training to help me develop. I loved having the chance to learn something new every day, and to keep furthering my knowledge through the Certificate III in Mechanical Fitting at TAFE was a real highlight,” said Branten.
“I’d love to continue working for Berendsen for a few years and progress through the ranks towards a management role, as they’re a great company and very supportive.”
Branten said the experience of completing the apprenticeship had also helped him outside of his career.
“I’ve bought a house recently and am just about to buy my second house – learning my trade has definitely helped me connect with my true goals.”