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. My brother also doesn’t really want to go to university and I have advised him about maybe doing an apprenticeship, too.” 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 MercedesBenz in California next month, to expand her knowledge.
“It has been an amazing ride – they really look after me,” Ms Savvidis said.
Occupations with the largest number of new jobs expected by 2020
General sales assistants 65,800
Registered nurses* 51,400
Aged and disability carers 43,000
Child carers 39,000
General clerks 22,400
Contract, program and project administrators 20,400
*Requires a Bachelor degree Source: Australian Jobs 2016, Department of Employment
Ellearn Savvidis had always wanted to work with cars and is now in her third year as an apprentice mechanic. Picture: KYLIE ELSE