Yasmin King: CEO SkillsIQ , Cris Matkowski: 2018 – Gold Medallist – Cookery, 2019 – Skill Squad – Cookery VET Alumni .
This episode explores the experience of Cris Matkowski who entered into the Apprenticeship space in commercial cookery. Straight out of school.
Cris was a Gold Medal winner at the National WorldSkills Competition in 2018 and went on to represent Austalia at the International Worldskills Competition in Russia in 2019. He is also a VET Alumni member.
Cris speaks of what influenced his decision to undertake an apprenticeship and his journey through the training and beyond. But the story is also about what the apprenticeship has given him- success, awards, international travel mentoring and guest speaking opportunities- just to name a few. It is a great story of where VET can take you. We also hear from Yasmin King- CEO SkillsIQ on what is happening in the Apprenticeship and skills training space, and what are the emerging skills areas people could think about . We finish up with some insights and advice for parents,employers, career advisers and people to get greater participation in apprenticeships and skills training.