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As part of our participation with National Skills Week 2017 we are running “Meet the Trainer” interviews.  These will be posted throughout the week and have been conducted with various industry specialists.  You will be able to read about their journey from Apprentice to Trainer.

The first of our interviewa is with Mr Loris Moriconi – GTO Manager for ABN Training.

Q. What first got you interested in wanting to do an Apprenticeship?

My first choice was to become a draftsperson and I was learning this via a school scholarship, I didn’t want to become a brick layer as that was what my Dad did for a living. Due to an injury I sustained things changed and I ended up going down the bricklaying route after all.

Q. When did you start your apprenticeship/which qualification?

I started my Certificate III in Bricklaying and during my Apprentices won Best Bricklayer in my 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th I was also awarded a bronze medallion at World Skills in 1994.

Q. How long were you working at your chosen trade?

I commenced my apprenticeship in 1990 and upon completion ran my own business until 1998. From 1996 I also worked part-time as a lecturer at TAFE and delivered private courses.  In 1998 I became a full time TAFE lecturer.

Q. Is there anything you would tell your younger self that you know now?

Not to spend so much money on cars (I had 9) and use my trade skills to develop and invest in property.

Q. When did you start in your current role?

Following a meeting where I was a guest speaker at an event in Mandurah I met the management of Dale Alcock Homes and came on board in 2005 as a Training Manager to help develop the Apprenticeship Program within the business. In 2010 I moved into my current position of GTO Manager with ABN Training.

Q. Why the transition to your current role?

From the moment I completed my apprenticeship I felt strongly that I was in the perfect position to pass on my skills to other in order to help them achieve their goals. It is personally rewarding to see someone develop.

Q. What’s a typical work week involve?

Lots of meetings including staff catch ups and management, dispute resolutions, audits, strategic and office management along with ensuring I get to meet all the new Apprentices on their first day in the business. I’m usually in the office between 7.30am-6pm most days and also sometimes work additional hours over the weekend.

Q. What is the most challenging aspect of your role?

Managing people, they can be from all walks of life and have differing expectations and abilities. There are occasionally difficult conversations that have to take place but these are always held with the utmost respect for all parties involved.

Q. What about the greatest joy?

Our Apprentices continual inclusion and outstanding presence at World Skills and seeing the staff happy and able to achieve their own goals. We were especially proud of being recognised as a great GTO who are committed to building workplace-based education and training services by OECD as part of a case study they conducted recently into Innovative Approaches to Attracting and Retaining Apprentices in Western Australia. We were the only Western Australian company featured in the international report.


Q. What’s the one thing you learned as an apprentice that you transfer to every apprentice you work with?

The importance of having respect for the person that is teaching you and being honest. If you are honest and respectful it sees you through in all aspects of your life.

Q. What would you like to achieve in your current role?

The ongoing and continual development of the program offered to Apprentices to ensure longevity well into the future. Eventually one of our Apprentices could move into this position.

Our thanks go to Loris for taking time out of his busy day to participate in our interviews for National Skills Week.

For further information about a career within the Building and Construction Industry you can contact ABN Training directly at http://www.abngroup.com.au/apprenticeships