There was some bad news then some good news for 24-year-old Justin Lovett when he arrived at CDU for VTE enrolment.
The night welding class he wanted to enrol in was full, and his other choice of certificate II in engineering will not be held until Semester II.
However, VTE staff promised to look into Justin’s application for the welding class, and a few hours later came back with the good news that they were able to accommodate him into the class.
His request to enrol in the engineering course will have to wait until Semester II.
“I wanted to enrol in welding because I want to learn the skill for my personal satisfaction” he says. “But I also want to enrol in engineering because that will help me towards my ambition to become an air-conditioning mechanic.”
The former Darwin High School and Casuarina College student has had several jobs since leaving school, including training in cookery, working in a liquor store, working as a carer for Riding for the Disabled and working as a cleaner.
Now he wants to improve his skills base so that he can work in a more profitable field such as air-conditioning repair and maintenance.
“I realise I’ve got to improve my skills base if I want to get a better job,” he says.