There are many options for young people to choose from when considering life after school.

Since January this year, Kane (21) has enjoyed life as an apprentice roof plumber, working on homes across Adelaide – but it took him some time to figure out the path he wanted to take.

Following high school, Kane jumped straight into a carpentry apprenticeship.

After sticking it out for a number of years, he experienced some personal hardship and decided to get away from Adelaide to work rurally and reset.

On returning to Adelaide, Kane initially found it challenging to find his feet.

“It was tough trying to get back into work and to find the right employer,” he said.

“I went through quite a few jobs before I approached AnglicareSA.”

Kane came to AnglicareSA’s Transition to Work program, and after receiving some career guidance support identified that he was interested in commencing a new trade.

The AnglicareSA team organised for Kane to have an interview with TAPS (Trainee & Apprentice Placement Service), and from there he was employed as an apprentice roof plumber.

“I don’t reckon I’d be where I am today,” he said.

“I doubt I’d be as happy, or could find a job.” Kane said.

About ‘Transition to Work

Transition to Work is a Federal Government-funded employment service that helps young people (15-24)  on their journey to employment. It provides intensive, pre-employment support to improve their work-readiness and help them into work (including apprenticeships and traineeships) or education. 

Initially, Kane was having to borrow tools from his employer as he didn’t have his own.

To enable Kane to work more independently and help him towards a long-term sustainable career, AnglicareSA supported him to purchase a heap of tools.

“Tanya (Transition to Work coach) was able to help me out with some tools like an angle grinder, nail bag, tool belt, drills – and that’s helped out heaps,” he said.

“So far it’s been really fun and I’m getting a lot out of it. The plan is to stick out the apprenticeship and start my own business.”

Kane on the job with his new tools.