JOHN Ferry is an example of the power of vocational education and training to build career pathways.
John started out at Callide Power Station in the late 1990s, briefly working as a cleaner before becoming a contract carpenter/handyman for 12 months.
His career goal was to work in operations, but with no suitable opportunities available on site at the time John left the Callide Power Station for a short period.
He returned to take up a position as a utility worker, gaining experience in rigging, scaffolding and crane operations.
In 2005 John was offered a Mechanical Adult Apprenticeship at Callide and after completing the course worked his way up to become a maintenance supervisor, responsible for a team of nine staff.
This year, John realised his goal of working in operations by being one of five Callide staff selected to complete an operator traineeship, which he will commence in November.
"I've always wanted to work in operations because of the attractive shift roster, which provides a great work/life balance and a challenging career.
"I'd like to specialise in 'outside' operations, which involves plant checks, monitoring, operating, isolating plant and fault diagnosis.
"The hardest skill I've learnt in my previous roles has been the vertical rope rescue as a member of the Emergency Response Team.
"In my spare time I like to spend time fishing with my family.
"In 2012 I want to complete my boiler and turbine tickets."