Wollongong student James Baldacchino is kicking goals balancing a successful overseas football career while completing study in carpentry with TAFE NSW.
Mr Baldacchino has temporarily relocated to the Maltese town of Marsacala to play professional football for Floriana Football Club in the Maltese Premier League. He is also studying a Certificate IV in Building through TAFE NSW with aspirations of having his own carpentry business once he hangs up his football boots.
“I want to continue playing professional football at the highest level for as long as I can, particularly in the Hyundai A-League back at home. In the mean-time, it’s important to me to successfully complete the builders course. When I finish my football career, I will be able to continue with my skills and qualifications in carpentry,” said Mr Baldacchino.
The Certificate IV in Building course builds on skills developed during a carpentry apprenticeship so that students can set up and manage their own business. It is offered through flexible delivery and using online learning technology so students, like Mr Baldacchino can, literally, learn anywhere in the world.
“I use the Moodle and Adobe Connect for my studies as I can’t attend classes in person. These platforms give me the opportunity to engage with the class as per normal while getting helpful and useful information from the teachers when I need to,” he said.
“It’s my goal to juggle my football career with the TAFE NSW course and I am on track to finish in November 2017.”