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Thomas Alexander

Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)

Trained by PEER

2020 was a busy year for Thomas, who not only finished his SACE at Glenunga International High School, but also successfully completed a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) through the PEER’S VET in School program at Norwood Morialta High School.

“Undertaking my Certificate II course through PEER was a turning point for me,” says Thomas. “It fuelled my passion for my chosen career path and has led to my electrical apprenticeship with PEER and my host employer, Ken Hall Plumbers.”

From a young age, Thomas was keen to help around the home – an interest his Dad fostered – and his fondness for all things trades-related soon became evident when, rather than snuggling up with soft toys at night, he was regularly found asleep in his bed alongside an array of toy hammers and screwdrivers.

“My grandfather was my inspiration to pursue a career path as an electrician,” he says. “He was an electrician who worked on projects including the Snowy Scheme, set up his own electrical business, and trained apprentices.”

The 2020 winner of PEER’s VET Student of the Year (Electrical), Thomas says he is excited by the infinite possibilities that await him in the future ­– and determined to realise his dreams of running his own business in the electrical industry, while continuing to engage in lifelong learning.

“I am grateful for the educational opportunities and mentorship that I have received, and I look forward to sharing what I have learnt, and to fostering and mentoring others in the future,” he says.