Joshua Burke aged 18, son of Managing Director Gary Burke of Burke Bros Moving Group, international movers based in Wolverhampton and Birmingham, is joining John Ryan International in Melbourne.
Joshua decided to complete his A levels and had preferred to take time off from education to pursue various interests. He completed some time in London working for a foreign currency exchange company and has been involved at the family business also. He is also a keen road race cyclist and is currently the local junior time trial champion for the third year in a row.
Tony Ryan MD from John Ryans in Melbourne is also a keen cyclist and the idea arose that Joshua could travel to Melbourne and work at an international moving organisation that is partner to Burke Bros Moving Group here in the UK. This would further help the bond between the two organisations here in the UK and Australia.
Joshua will be involved with marketing/sales/customs procedures and formalities, spending some time in containerised stores and will also get the opportunity to spend some time trucking to Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide to learn about the basics on the road.
At the same time he is transferring his British Cycling Licence and will join either the Carnegie cycling club or St Kildas cycling club in Melbourne where he will be able to train from 5.00am each day prior to work. It gives Joshua time to pursue his business interests at an international company along with cycle training in warmer climates. An opportunity not to be missed. He will have the choice of staying on for a further period or can return to the UK with fresh ideas on his further education which includes the possibility of attending officer training in the army at Sandhurst. Due to his age the army has asked him to get another year out of the way and would like him to get some life experience which is what he is doing, although he may like Australia so much that plans change.
This coming year will allow him to decide on a career in the army, the international moving industry, or to go to college or university, and at the same time to find out if he is interested in Australia or even becoming a professional cyclist.