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.”