OK, so i've done most of my updating via the shout box, but i think i'll try and give a summary of my TAFE experience here.
Firstly, 1 16 week course with 2 weeks break in the middle has been completed.
I started 1 week late, but caught up within a few days.
I was moved forward into another class which meant i was a week behind again, but caught up with a few days.
After 2 weeks of being in the course, i'd finished week 4.
Teachers were impressed and gave me a phone number of someone looking for an apprentice. Called and emailed...never heard back.
Was working at a fast pace each and every week which meant, along with a string of public holidays, that i had about 6 weeks were i only attended TAFE for 4 days. One week was only 2.5.
I'd applied for a couple of positions along the way via the noticeboard...no response.
One teacher said he had a mate who was looking and would get back to me. Still waiting.
Starting to get a little frustrated at this point.
I was handpicked for an interview by one of the teachers and was 1 of 9 people (4 from my class, 4 from my old class, and 1 from...somewhere else?) Interview went well, ideal job....made top 3 but went with guy from 'somewhere else'...because he could start ASAP. Which during the interview it was said that everyone else could potentially start ASAP as well....guess he didn't want to take the risk.
So one of the other teachers was stunned i was still looking (knowing what a good worker i was) and gave me and 2 other blokes a number of someone who was looking to hire 2 people. First guy gets a trial and is hired on the spot, second guy gets a trial and is told he needs to wait until i have my trial...which i have as well. During the trial he gets a phone call and agrees to trial one other person. That other person gets the job.
So after applying for...
3 jobs by email.
1 by phone
1 by interview
1 by trial
...i'm still yet to find a job.
Unfortunately i have to go back to maccas on monday with my tail between my legs for now and spend some more time looking.
I've got my sister in law trying to hook me up at one-steel (i know a chippie at one steel?!) but they do have one there who is looking to retire soon. They pay well so its worth a shot.
If all else fails...i can still try the office works thing from a mate, but thats on the backburner for now.