13 Jun 2017,
FROM an eight-year-old fascinated by her father’s motorcycle business to a young woman jetsetting off to the US on a scholarship, Ellearn Savvidis always knew she wanted to be a mechanic. “I’d always been around cars and this was something I always wanted to do,” Ms Savvidis said. “At school they were all about your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) and going to uni, but I was never interested in doing that.” The Taylors Lakes woman applied through WPC Group and got a position through the Citi New Recruits Program.
“The program helped me get job ready,” she said. “I got an insight into what it is like having a full-time job.” The 20-year-old is now in her third year as an apprentice mechanic at Mercedes-Benz Melbourne Airport. “I’m getting to do what I love and I get paid for it,” she said.
She was also among 500 applicants chosen to visit Fletcher Jones Motorcars Mercedes-Benz in California next month, to expand her knowledge. “It has been an amazing ride – they really look after me,” Ms Savvidis said.
Ellearn Savvidis has always wanted to work with cars and is now in her third year as an apprentice mechanic. Picture: KYLIE ELSE