Trying Times:

From time to time we all find ourselves stuck in a rut. Confidence dips, we become unsure of our capabilities and we tend to chronically underestimate what we are capable of achieving. Sound familiar? Well, you’re certainly not alone! This is exactly where young Mark Connolly found himself earlier this year. That was before a critical turning point – Attending a local job and career expo in Hervey Bay. It was here he met SDS Training and uncovered the world of opportunities available to revitalize his career.

Courage To Follow Passion:

Working as a mechanic, Mark was left uninspired as his real passion was to operate machinery (the bigger, the better!). After discovering that our new AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations program was set to include *ACDC licence, White Card, Working at Heights, Confined Space, Chainsaw, Polesaw, First Aid/CPR training AND the opportunity to obtain a truck licence or machinery licence, Mark and his carer, Des, knew that this was the perfect time for Mark to take a leap of faith and enrol in the program.

A hands on learner, Mark thrived in the practical activities that simulated real-life work scenarios. Benefiting from the relationship SDS Training has fostered with the Maryborough Golf Club, Mark was at his best with his hands dirty. Not to mention he’s a car racing enthusiast, so he absolutely blitzed rather difficult practical components to his machinery training!

A Glimpse Into The Future:

And that’s not even the best part! Our favourite part of Mark’s time with us? The personal growth we were privileged to witness over the duration of the program. Tentative and unsure, Mark often kept to himself but that didn’t last long as he developed relationships with his trainers, Andre and Jason. He also fostered lasting friendships with many of the other students in his rural operations program – he even went four wheel driving with a mate he’d met through the program (can we tag along next time please Mark?!).

Energized and ready to conquer the world, Mark now has his sights set on obtaining his heavy vehicle drivers licence as well as his forklift and front end loader tickets to further advance his skill set and future career prospects. We have absolutely no doubt Mark will be successful in whichever career he pursues and we are looking forward to having him back through our gates to help him gain those desired licences/tickets!

Well done Mark! We’re SO proud of you and your accomplishments with us so far – The sky is the limit!

Looking For A Career Kick-Start?

This could be you! Our next Rural Operations program kicks off in just a few weeks.  Did you know? Mark completed this qualification accessing Certificate 3 Guarantee funding; a Queensland Government funded initiative to assist individuals to obtain their first Certificate 3 qualification.

Interested in learning more about Certificate 3 Guarantee? Learn more, including eligibility requirements and qualifications available here, visit our website for more info or give us a call on 1300 000 737 to chat to one of our knowledgeable team today!

*AHCCHM307 Prepare and Apply Chemicals To Control Pest, Weeds and Diseases,  AHCCHM304 Transport and Store Chemicals, AHCPMG301 Control Weeds, CPCCWHS1001 Prepare To Work Safely In The Construction Industry, RIIWHS204D Work Safely At Heights, RIIWHS202D Enter And Work In Confined Spaces, FWPCOT2239 Trim And Cut Felled Trees, FWPCOT3238 Operate A Polesaw, HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.