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Football and Plumbing Careers Combine

04-Jul-2016 Budding NRL star Kaleb Binge understands the value of learning a trade and gaining skills for life.

The Lismore local is currently enrolled in a Certificate III in Plumbing at Wollongbar TAFE and was encouraged to take up an apprenticeship by his family and rugby league advisors.

“After finishing my Queensland Certificate of Education I thought long and hard about getting a trade whilst I was playing football and that’s because I want something to be able to fall back on if I am unable to make it in footy,” said Kaleb.

The 21 year old first started thinking about an apprenticeship in plumbing whilst doing some work with a mate in Bourke during the school holidays, in the Brisbane football off-season.

“I love footy and it’s my dream to one day play in the NRL. I also liked the idea of the physical hard work of an apprenticeship as it would help me to keep fit for football.” 

Kaleb is employed by Group Training Organisation, HVTC Northern Rivers, and is hosted by Sidney and Richardson Plumbing in Ballina.

“I like learning different skills every day and learning how to become a plumber. It also helps me physically and mentally. The guys that I am working with are very supportive and I really enjoy working with them every day,” said Kaleb.

His HVTC Field Officer, Chris Calear, says Kaleb is an outstanding young man who is very focused on his life and the need to balance this with family, work and football.

“Kaleb recognises that he needs to be a role model for his younger siblings and he and his family feel that him completing his apprenticeship will provide a future no matter what happens,” said Chris.

Kaleb would also like to be a mentor to young people like himself.

“I’d like to be able to encourage and guide them in their career choices, and tell them it doesn’t matter where you start so long as you start and never give up.”

Kaleb is one of more than 600 Indigenous people whose careers have been launched through HVTC’s Indigenous Employment Program.  

Chris said the Program was a key component of the company’s overall strategy to support workplace diversity and equal employment opportunities.

“HVTC’s focus is on providing all members of our community with access to vocational education and training to help them improve their competitiveness in the employment market. I’m very pleased
that businesses across this region recognise what we’re trying to achieve and have backed the Program and our talented Indigenous employees like Kaleb,” said Chris.

Support for HVTC’s Indigenous Employment Program is the result of a partnership with Group Training Australia, under the Jobs Land Economy Program, as funded by Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet.

Media information: Caroline Dando 0427 482 601.