Local St George business owner leads the way in giving back to his community
Can you imagine what our world would be like without qualified tradies? Just think about it for a moment ... your car breaks down – you need a mechanic, you bathroom springs a leak or a toilet is blocked – you need a plumber, your family is growing and it’s time to seriously consider that extension to your home – you need a builder and qualified carpenter, your pool pump stops or your tractor motor is blowing smoke – you need a mechanical diesel fitter. There are more than 580 apprentice and trainee career choices – we just can’t live without them!
They are the economic backbone of our communities and more so in rural and regional areas of Queensland where skill shortages are most evident.
Group Training Organisations such as GoldenWest Apprenticeships specialise in the group employment and placement of apprentices and trainees into local businesses across south-west Queensland.
Smart business owners recognise the importance of a continuation of qualified skills and appreciate the importance of their commitment to invest time and money into training apprentices in their businesses.
Local successful kitchen cabinet business – Wippells Kitchens and Cabinets – is testament to a business owner who is ensuring the St George community maintains its skilled carpentry workforce.
“Training apprentices has enabled us to grow our turnover each year and allowed us to take on more work and larger jobs,” said Wippell.
Ed Wippell, himself a qualified tradie who completed his apprenticeship in Toowoomba in 2006, started Wippells Kitchen and Cabinets family business six years ago. “The motivation was the challenge of succeeding in running our own business and we saw an opening in the area for the services we supply,” said Ed Wippell.
Giving back to the community is also important for Ed Wippell. He put on a carpentry apprentice with GoldenWest Apprenticeships - Matt Trost – who completed his qualification in July this year and who will stay on with the business in a full-time capacity. Matt also now gets to help train a new cabinet maker, Keenan Cordrey who is an Indigenous School-based apprentice at Wippells.
Left Matt Trost, now a qualified Cabinet Maker, centre Keenan Cordrey Indigenous school-based apprentice, and right Ed Wippell in their showroom in St George.
“An apprenticeship is a great place to start life after school with getting skills that will help you all through your life,” said Wippell. “Once you have a trade you will be able to get work just about anywhere. If you wish to try your hands at something else the trade gives you a great opportunity to do so as the trade is always there to go back to if things don’t work out,” he said.
“The partnership we have with GoldenWest Apprenticeships means they take care of all the administration and training schedules and I get to concentrate on running my business. The apprentices we have are always hard working and keen to improve their skill level,” said Wippell. “I would recommend all business owners to consider investing in training like we have,” he said.