Zach Romero is a participant in Souths Cares Barranggirra Program who has been working hard as an Apprentice Plumber and achieving his life goals.

Zach is passionate about working in the building and construction industry and after leaving school in Year 10, commenced an Electrical Apprenticeship where he successfully completed his first year. Although he enjoyed the work as an Electrical Apprentice, he was wanting to find another apprenticeship opportunity closer to home and commence a trade where the work would be more hands on.

Zach saw a Plumbing Apprenticeship opportunity advertised with the construction company BG Enterprises. After dropping in his resume, Zach impressed his potential employer and was offered the job on the same day.

As a first year Plumbing Apprentice, Zach is getting great learning opportunities working on maintenance, commercial, residential builds and residential renovation projects. A typical day for Zach sees him arrive at the company’s yard by 6:30am to load the trucks before being on-site and working on the tools by 8am.

Zach is completing the theory component of his apprenticeship at Mt. Druitt TAFE and is on track to complete his first year of training in June. He explained starting a new apprenticeship meant taking a step backwards to eventually move forward.

Zach Romero, First Year Plumbing Apprentice

Starting at a new company was challenging, due to working with new people and having to make new relationships, but I’m enjoying the challenge and I’m happy with how my plumbing apprenticeship is tracking. My mentor Leon has shown great support throughout my studies and has continued to push me to be the best version of myself.

With his 18th birthday approaching, Zach has already achieved some important goals outside of his apprenticeship; obtaining his provisional Driver’s License and purchasing his first car through sticking to a diligent savings plan.

Zach has been supported by Souths Cares Barranggirra Program, which provides individualized and holistic mentoring support to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander apprentices, trainees and learners.

Leon Longbottom, Barranggirra Mentor stated Zach’s success has come through a strong work ethic.

“Zach has a work ethic and maturity beyond his age and it’s great to see him kicking so many life goals.

His success has come through hard-work and sacrifice, with Zach often working double shifts, working 6 days a week and managing to save a large proportion of his pay whilst on apprentice wages”, Leon said.

Zach’s future goals are to complete his plumbing apprenticeship, continue saving and eventually have enough money for a house deposit.

Souths Cares will continue to provide mentoring support throughout Zach’s apprenticeship and beyond to ensure his dreams and aspirations become reality.

The Barranggirra Program is proudly supported by Training Services NSW.

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