Australian test cricketer Nathan Lyon is the latest high-profile Australian to join the Government in championing the value of completing an apprenticeship.
At an event at Manuka Oval in Canberra this morning, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews announced the champion off-spinner and Horticulture graduate had signed on as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador.
They were joined by Head Curator of Manuka Oval, and Mr Lyon’s former trainer in horticulture, Brad Van Dam and the Oval’s apprentice curators for the announcement.
“We welcome Nathan to our team of 250 ambassadors committed to sharing the importance of Australian Apprenticeships for the future of our nation,” Minister Andrews said.
“It’s a great time for Nathan to come on board after the Skilling Australians Fund was announced in the Budget that will create an extra 300,000 apprentices over the next four years.
“Nathan’s training as a groundsman at Manuka Oval was born out of his passion for sport and athletics. I am pleased such an icon of Australian sport will be able to provide valuable insights and real life perspectives of undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship to our present and future generations.”
A unique story, Nathan’s work as a Curator’s Assistant for Adelaide Oval after completing his Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf) at the Canberra Institute of Technology, led to his international career in cricket.
One minute he was working on the grounds at Adelaide Oval, the next he was asked to be a net bowler for the South Australian Cricket Team. His bowling talent was discovered and he quickly progressed through the cricket pathway to be playing first class cricket just months later.
Nathan to date has taken 247 wickets in his career.
“Through sharing his journey, Nathan will provide inspiration to those seeking to obtain an Australian Apprenticeship, or any of the thousands of industry focused, high quality vocational education and training (VET) qualifications available,” Minister Andrews said.
Nathan Lyon joins other well-known Australians in this role including star of The Block and carpenter, Scott Cam; AFL legend and former plumber Kevin Sheedy, stylist to the stars, Renya Xydis, former Canberra Raider Alan Tongue and a number of other sports stars past and present in providing career inspiration by visiting schools, community centres, career expos and career advisor events nationally, and internationally.
So successful are the ambassadors in their advocacy for apprenticeships and traineeships, their work has collectively been internationally recognised by UNESCO’s UNEVOC as an international promising practice in promoting VET.