Mikaela Lawrence, 23, spent six years as a hairdresser wanting to get into the mechanical industry.
Now in just the second year of her automotive apprenticeship at Fortitude Valley’s Mercedes-Benz Brisbane, Ms Lawrence (pictured) has been awarded the Kim. J. Wyman North American Scholarship for Skills Excellence by not-for-profit group training organisation WPC Group.
“I did a hairdressing apprenticeship and kept trying to get into mechanics, sending out hundreds of resumes,” Ms Lawrence explains, saying hairdressing was “a back-up I did for six years”.
An entry-level automotive course at TAFE Queensland greatly increased Ms Lawrence’s chances of securing an apprenticeship through WPC Group, who then placed her with Mercedes-Benz Brisbane.
“Right now, I’m very happy with working on light vehicles and who knows where life takes you?” she says.
“I don’t think I’ll ever get bored working as a light vehicle technician.”
The scholarship, awarded since 2016 and commencing in September this year, is a cultural and career development program which educates apprentices in how Mercedes-Benz America applies their skills and expertise in automotive.
Ms Lawrence will be placed at Mercedes-Benz facilities in either California or Kentucky.
Scott Newman, Ms Lawrence’s Service Manager at Mercedes-Benz Brisbane, says the scholarship is a testament to her work ethic and ambition to learn.
Since 2000 , WPC has placed 266 apprentices and trainees with host employer, Mercedes-Benz Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland. Most of them do light vehicle apprenticeships, but there are also business trainees and apprentices focusing on spare parts and spray painting
WPC Group could get you into gear for a rewarding apprenticeship with luxury car dealer, Mercedes-Benz Melbourne, Sydney or Queensland, a member of LSH Auto Australia. You’ll need to be serious though, as competition is turbo-charged. For more info, visit WPC Groups dedicated LSH Auto Australia web page.