Benjamin King has always been interested in diagnosing and correcting problems with vehicles, so a future in automotive mechanics made perfect sense.
There is more than one way to receive a nationally recognised qualification, and Benjamin chose an Australian School-based Apprenticeship with Prosser Toyota, studying a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology with the Australian Trades College.
"An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is a really great way to learn," Benjamin said.
"It means I can finish school at the same time as I get some real experience with the automotive industry."
Benjamin's Australian School-based Apprenticeship has given him a lot of opportunities.
He has been able to participate in a variety of work placements, giving him a chance to experience a whole range of different areas within mechanics.
"I would definitely encourage anyone who is thinking about a trade to do it while they are still at school," he said.
"You get to meet so many interesting people, and it's a great head start on your career."
Benjamin was the 2011 Western Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and was a finalist at the Australian Training Awards.