Big dreams: Tas Engel is laying the foundations for a successful future while he studies his HSC as a TAFE NSW student. Photo: suppliedSouthern Highlands resident and TAFE NSW student Tas Engel’s determination is as amazing as his career ambitions.
Tas dreams of becoming a builder – but not the kind you might imagine.
It won’t be long days in the sun or on top of multi-storey buildings for this youngster.
Tas wants to work as an underwater builder.
And to help him achieve this unique career feat, the 17 year old is currently studying his Higher School Certificate at TAFE NSW Wollongong.
Self-driven and independent at such a young age, Tas is keen to make a niche career for himself. The thought of working underwater on oil rigs, and mariners was a big draw card for him.
“I’ve always been passionate about working hard, and eventually want to run my own business,” he said. “My ambition is to combine my carpentry with scuba diving.”
The passionate young student said his experience at TAFE so far had stood him in good stead on his path to underwater carpentry.
“It’s such a safe environment, everyone is really friendly,” he said. “It has really helped me mature and given me a direction. I’ve had the ability to flourish and prove myself. The teachers are really kind.”
I’ve always been passionate about working hard, and eventually want to run my own business. My ambition is to combine my carpentry with scuba diving.
Teacher Karen Moore said she was very impressed with Tas’s intelligence and enthusiasm.
“Despite having to travel from the Highlands every day, his attendance has been excellent,” Ms Moore said. She said Tas added a lot to the classroom environment. “Tas’s classroom contributions and written work are always of the highest standard and it’s a pleasure to have him in class.”
To study the HSC at TAFE, contact TAFE NSW customer service centre staff on 1300 766 123.
Several fields of study are also available at TAFE NSW Moss Vale, including arts, communication and media, business and administration, electrotechnology and engineering, aged care and child and family studies, information technology, rural and animal studies, tourism and hospitality.