The ability to “speak apprentice” is one of Geoff Clisby’s most effective tools when training the next generation of electricians.
Clisby, who teaches subjects in the Certificate III Electrotechnology course at Chisholm Institute, says his background in the trade helps him get the best from students.
“Sharing experiences with apprentices helps to get their attention and for them to realise that an older bloke like me has faced some of the same issues that they encounter on the job,” Clisby says. “Showing enthusiasm and explaining the relevance to the students helps to encourage their motivation to learn. Once the apprentices recognise that you know your stuff and are working to help them, they become more receptive to the learning experience.”