Second year Mobile Plant Technology Apprentice Alyssa Baker, hosted at Linde Material Handling–Huntingwood, started her career as an Automotive Electrical Technology Apprentice but, because of a knee injury which resulted in surgery, she moved onto her current apprenticeship in Mobile Plant Technology.
While in high school, Alyssa had an accident during softball practice where she lost both her memory and concentration, which made school difficult. After starting an Automotive TVET course and enjoying it, Alyssa researched her options and decided to leave school to pursue an apprenticeship. “I found it helped me concentrate when I was working with my hands, so I left school and started my automotive electrical apprenticeship.”
Working in a male dominated trade can be daunting for some females, but for Alyssa, she has settled in well and doesn’t think of herself as working in a dominated workplace. “I like to push myself to the same level as everyone else. There are certain jobs that are heavy or to too high, but I always find a way around it. Being in a male-dominated workplace is really just somewhere to have a good laugh and help each other. I feel included as one of the team.”
When asked what the benefits of working in the VET industry are instead of going to university, Alyssa says that money is a large factor, “I get to earn while learning. Being an apprentice means 95% hands on experience and 5% of theory, which is perfect for my style of learning. Because I’m a visual learner, it means when I’ve finished my apprenticeship I already have the hands-on skills, instead of a beginner putting theory into the real world.”
Alyssa hopes to finish her Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology once she has completed her Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology.