The Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Programme aims to raise the status of Australian Apprenticeships through profiling real apprenticeship and traineeship success stories on a national level.
The Programme is managed by the Department of Education and Training and has appointed over 100 individuals across all states and territories as Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors since its inception in 2011.
Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors include individuals of high public profile, and everyday people with a positive career journey to share. Their stories showcase the numerous benefits of the Australian Apprenticeships system to school leavers, career changers of all ages, and business audiences.
To be inspired by the stories of the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors, both in video and editorial formats, visit the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors page of the Australian Apprenticeships website.
The Celebrity Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors
- Kevin Sheedy – Former GWS Giants and Essendon Bombers coach and qualified plumber
- Neil Perry – Prominent Australian chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter
- Scott Cam – Host of The Block, Gold Logie winner and carpenter
- Renya Xydis – Business woman and industry leader in the hair and beauty profession
- Andrew Ryan – former NRL player, landscaper and a member of the NRL Welfare and Education team
- Matt Ballin – NRL premiership player with the Manly Sea Eagle, NRL Apprentice Mentor and business owner.
- David Tyrrell – NRL premiership player with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, NRL Apprentice Mentor and electrician
- Alan Tongue – former NRL captain of the Canberra Raiders, NRL Apprentice Mentor and motor mechanic
- Bryan Norrie – Recently retired NRL premiership player with the Melbourne Storm, NRL Apprentice Mentor and electrician
- Jason Clark – NRL premiership player with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, NRL Apprentice Mentor and carpenter
WorldSkills Australia competitors become Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors
Past competitors of WorldSkills Australia have become Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors, undertaking guest speaking opportunities across Australia, and even internationally, providing their wealth of knowledge and experience as apprentices to jobseekers around the country.
For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/australian-apprenticeships-ambassadors-program.