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Harrison Sanders

Certificate III in Carpentry

Trained by North East Vocational College

Employed by Hoffmann Building Services

Harrison’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) journey began in Year 11 when he undertook a Certificate II in Construction Pathways, following it with the completion of a partial Certificate III in Carpentry while completing Year 12, where he graduated with a 94.40 ATAR.

For the past five years, he has worked for Barossa Valley builder, Hoffmann Building Services, and – while completing his carpentry apprenticeship – he also commenced a Bachelor of Secondary Education at the University of South Australia, majoring in Design and Technology (D&T) and sub-majoring in Mathematics.

“I aim to bring trade knowledge and skills into classrooms to benefit students’ understanding and engagement with D&T,” says Harrison.

“I have drawn inspiration from many people throughout my education and training journey – most notably, from my teachers. Throughout school, I experienced both good and bad teachers. I want to be the positive influence that can guide and inform students to being successful and valuable members of society.”

Harrison cites one of his D&T teachers as the most encouraging he encountered – an ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ former tradesman.

“I wanted to be like him! This VET educator encouraged my whole philosophy and career path,” he says.

Aiming to graduate from university with first class honours, Harrison’s goal is to become a positive inspiration through his teaching, influencing students to be successful, critical, and creative individuals.

He recently represented his employer by winning the Young Achiever Award for Most Outstanding Apprentice in 2019, and says he takes great pride in his achievements across the past decade.

“My goals will develop as I progress through further studies. VET and trade education pathways are also on my radar for the future,” says Harrison.