“My favourite thing about what I do is working in good weather on a good job. A job you can get a good run on and feel like you have had a productive day. When you get home you feel like you have really achieved something.”


We caught up with Jacob, who’s doing his CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) while taking on apprentices in his own carpentry company. To read about how he goes about it, and the advice he has for future apprentices, scroll through the gallery below. Cheers Jacob!

Name: Jacob Spiteri


Age: 27


Job: Carpenter


“As an apprentice you need to learn how to listen and be mindful. That’s the most important thing you can do. Even if you know it, it’s good to take a step back and view things from a tradesmen’s point of view. It’s good to respect the job and the trade.”

“I started when I was 15. I left school in year 9. My old man is a boiler maker, my brother is a boiler maker, I was always around tools and workshops. I took to timber. I started, did my trade and opened up my own company when I was 20.”


“I had a very good boss and I pretty much mirror his mentorship. Still today I’ll go see him for advice. It’s good to have someone like that around. I do everything the same as how he taught me. And I’ve picked up a few of my own tricks.”

“I started working in fencing. Then I found an old bloke building his own house and I worked with him for about 8 months. With him I got to do a lot of plastering, tiling – and all kinds of stuff. But I knew I wanted to be a chippy straight away.”


“I finished my Cert IV midway through last year. It’s extra work in the evenings but it’s worth it.

“It was valuable. I learned a lot of new things. Completing the Cert IV and doing my license is a good thing to have.”


“My future plan for the company is to grow with another two or three more staff. To look after good young kids.”


Legend! Thanks Jacob.


If you would like to know more about CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) get in touch with our team here or give them a call on 1300 53 43 63.