Two apprentices at Mercedes-Benz Melbourne have been awarded an International Scholarship to continue their training in the USA. Mattin Nguyen, 23, and John Galvez, 22, are each working toward a Certificate III in light vehicle mechanical technology.
The scholarship, presented by the Honorable Steve Herbert, Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills, was awarded through the Skilling Australia Foundation and made possible with the support of the Perpetual Foundation of the Kingston Sedgefield Charitable Trust.
John explains, after finishing school he was job-hunting for around a year. It was hard finding an apprenticeship due to a lack of businesses hiring apprentices at that time. Mattin finished school in year 10 and wanted to find something that he enjoyed such as a hands-on, practical job.
Their dedication and outstanding work in their field has paid off and we are certain that both these talented young men have boundless opportunities ahead of them in the automotive industry.
John believes “there is always the potential to grow, learn more, and develop his career in the future”, and Mattin says “don’t be afraid to follow your passion and do what interests you, step outside of your comfort zone and choose a career where you want to wake up, working in a field that makes you happy.” Both are an inspiration to the up and coming apprentices they work with.
They will depart Melbourne, on the 18th June bound for Los Angeles where they will experience and observe the automotive industry from the perspective of Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz, the largest Mercedes-Benz dealership in the United States. We are quite sure they might squeeze find time in their busy itinerary to visit Universal Studios and see some of the sights in L.A. We look forward to reporting back on their once in a lifetime opportunity when they return.