Amber’s apprenticeship a perfect fit
Amber Zinke spent seven years in awe of the mechanical work that Australian Apprentices and qualified fitters were doing at her workplace.
One day she phoned MIGAS to enquire about completing a Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical) and within a week she started a pre-apprenticeship course.
The Rutherford mother-of-three started contacting possible employers about taking her on as an Australian Apprentice and within four weeks Hedweld signed the training contract.
“I have loved every minute of my apprenticeship, from the minute I started my pre-apprenticeship course,” Amber said.
“My apprenticeship has opened up a whole new world for me.”
The 29-year-old’s dedication and enthusiasm has paid off, winning the 2012 National MIGAS Overall Apprentice of the Year and being selected to be part of Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders Program for 2013.
“It was daunting going to TAFE and being a lot older than the other kids and the only female in the class,” she said.
“I was not at work or TAFE to be treated differently and my age or gender was not an issue, they welcomed me with open arms.”
Amber says being a mature-aged apprentice helped her to be selected in the Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders Program.
“I had exceeded even my own expectations and the people that work around me noticed my technical and leadership skills,” she said.
“During your apprenticeship, the key is to set yourself mini goals and to work towards them.
“You will have bumps along the way but there are plenty of people to help.
“At the end of four years you have something to hold on to for the rest of your life.”