Jack Donovan – Engineering Mechanical Trade Apprentice

“My name is Jack Donovan and I was born in the Southern Highlands. My parents Barry and Carolyn are potato and beef cattle farmers at Wildes Meadow.

I love living on the farm with my two brothers where we ride motor bikes, go yabbying and fish. I have always played sport in the area and have also been selected to play hockey for NSW.

After finishing my HSC I got accepted into University, however decided I would like to gain an apprenticeship. I sent my resume to a number of businesses without any luck. Hume Coal has enabled me to gain employment in my local area. Without their funding it would have been very difficult for me to get an apprenticeship.

Friends and family have had to travel further to gain employment, as the Southern Highlands can no longer offer jobs like they used to. For example, my brother has to travel outside the local area in order to complete the same apprenticeship as me – due to the Hume Coal funding not being available when he started his apprenticeship.”