Australian Apprenticeships welcome new Ambassador Nathan Lyon

Friday 19 May 2017


Canberra Institute of Technology graduate and champion Australian off-spin bowler, Nathan Lyon, has been appointed as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador.

Nathan LyonAffectionately known as Gary, the record-breaking bowler is known for his unusual journey to the top, balancing cricket training while completing a Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf).

Assistant Minister for Vocation Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP welcomed Nathan to as Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador where his apprenticeship journey began at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

After moving from Canberra to Adelaide in 2011, the horticulturalist-turned-international cricketer was employed at the Adelaide Oval as a Curator’s Assistant when his talent for cricket was discovered. Offering himself up as a net bowler in the same nets he had prepared earlier as a groundsman, the finger-spinner caught the eye of the South Australian team coach. Nathan quickly progressed through the ranks and was playing first class cricket just months later.

He now holds the record for being Australia’s most successful off-spinner and with no signs of slowing down, Nathan’s title will be hard to beat.

Joining fellow sporting greats in the Ambassador program, Kevin Sheedy and Alan Tongue, Nathan hopes to share his story to show the diversity of opportunities available through a VET qualification.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity to be an Ambassador for Australian Apprenticeships.

“[My apprenticeship] put me on my feet, and it gave me a goal to stick out an apprenticeship, and I loved every minute of it.”

Read more about Nathan’s journey as an Australian Apprentice and many of the other the real-life success stories of our Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors from across Australia:

 Media release: Nathan Lyon champions value of Australian Apprenticeships