Village News – August 1, 2018: 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 has been awarded the Kim. T. 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 WPG 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.