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OFO makes a dream come true for local aspiring electrician

Shaiykirra Jones

Shaiykirra Jones had her heart set on being an electrician but she was unable to find an apprenticeship in the South East of South Australia so she decided to start with theory at university in Adelaide. Source: Timberbiz

“My dad is a carpenter and I always liked helping him out doing hands on practical things,” Ms Jones said.

“I really wanted to get an electrical apprenticeship and start getting experience but was having trouble finding someone to take me on.

“I decided to study instead, and at least get a start on the theory side of things.”

Now with a Bachelor of Engineering Science in the works, and a OneFortyOne scholarship, Ms Jones has been coming home to Mount Gambier during semester breaks to work with the team at the Jubilee Sawmill.

After graduation, Ms Jones will join the OneFortyOne team on a two year contract.

“I’m majoring in electronics and electrical engineering,” she said.

“While it’s not a requirement of my scholarship, I really enjoy working as part of the OneFortyOne electrical team in my breaks.”

After graduation, Ms Jones will join the OneFortyOne team on a two-year contract.

“I’ve spoken to Paul (Hartung) about getting my electrical licence as well,” she said.

“I’ve been able to apply the things I’ve been studying in real situations and apply real situations to my study.

“Uni is a lot of theory, and an apprenticeship is mostly practical – this way I’m getting the best of both worlds.”