Leon Zaffiris is a tuition trainer at Future Energy Skills. We recently asked Leon to share insights on his work and life outside of work.
A few lines about yourself.
My name is Leon Zaffiris. I am the tuition trainer here at Future Energy Skills. I had held jobs in different industries and professions from truck jockey to factory hand. I completed my adult apprenticeship at the age of 35 in 2010 and have since been an “A Class” Electrician. I also hold my REC (Registered Electrical Contractors), and both are still active.
My electrical background is quite diverse, having been lucky enough to work in almost all aspects of industry, from small domestic jobs through to rewiring and retrofitting automated robotic lines in a production environment.
These days, I do a lot less work “on the tools” due to my commitments here at FES, but this is definitely not a bad thing!
Prior to FES, I have been a sessional TAFE teacher at multiple TAFEs in Melbourne since 2011, including Holmesglen Institute, RMIT, Chisholm, Swinburne and Victoria Polytechnic. During this time, I was also an assessor of the REL (Restricted Electrical License), SWP (Safe Working Practice) and LET (Licensed Electrical Theory) for a number of years at some of these institutes.
What does your job entail?
Being the tuition trainer, I am responsible for providing assessment candidates with relevant information and best industry practice to confidently attempt their LEA. The LEA is broken down into three assessments. The SWP (Safe Working Practice), LET (Licensed Electrical Theory) and LEP (Licensed Electrical Practical), all of which are tutored individually.
What is a typical day like?
Most days actually go by in a blur. There is always a question to answer, or a method to explain.
What’s a common question you get from students?
There is a phrase that is most common, more so, than a question. “I’ve learned a lot more in these three days”.
What do you like most about your job?
See the above response. There is a satisfaction that comes with being able to help our candidates cement their learning and seeing their success at the end after putting in the effort.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I’d have to say I like doing what most people do. Spend time relaxing with my family and wishing the weekend was longer!