Jeweller joy

For 25-year-old Natalee Gillis, an Australian Apprenticeship has made the dream of buying her first home a reality sooner than expected.

The jeweller is on the verge of buying her first house with her partner after recently becoming fully-qualified.

Natalee says that her personal and professional achievements have been made possible by undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship and through her involvement with WorldSkills Australia.

“Buying my first house is a huge personal achievement for me,” Natalee said.

“Becoming a qualified jeweller is pretty amazing too.

"From next year, I will be managing the jewellery workshop at my employer Soklich & Co Import Export. It’s something I am really looking forward to.”

Natalee improved her skills through her involvement with WorldSkills Australia, representing Australia at the 2011 WorldSkills International Competition in London.

Natalee was awarded a Medallion for Excellence at the event.

“To represent the jewellery industry and my country at an international level was an amazing experience,” she said.

“Everything I learned through my apprenticeship and WorldSkills has opened up so many opportunities.

"In the future, I hope to run my own business and pass on the hand skills and techniques that I have learned to help someone find their way easier.”

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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