New Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, Nathan Lyon
Australian test cricketer Nathan Lyon is the latest high-profile Australian to join the Government in championing the value of completing an apprenticeship.
On Friday, 12 May, 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.
“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.
“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 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.
If you require any further information about Mr Lyon’s appointment to the program, contact apprenticeships ambassadors.