Flying high with Australian Apprenticeships

Rachel Dudok was in the third year of an engineering degree at university when she realised she wanted a more hands-on career.

The Brisbane-resident started a pre-vocational training course for a Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics) with Aviation Australia.

At the end of her training, Rachel was one of four avionics students to be offered an Australian Apprenticeship with Qantas.

“After trying both university and vocational training, I found I much preferred the on-the-job learning that an apprenticeship provides,” Rachel said.

“I gained confidence each day and benefitted from putting theory into practice straight away.”

Rachel has completed an Australian Apprenticeship and a Diploma in Aeroskills (Avionics) through Aviation Australia, has international recognised qualifications and holds a CASA B2 license.

In 2017, after many years employed as an aircraft maintenance engineer with QANTAS, Rachel decided to take on a new role with her previous registered training organisation, Aviation Australia as their Sales and Business Development Manager - International.

Rachel has been an individual finalist at the Australian Training Awards twice - in the Australian Apprentice of the Year category in 2012 before winning the national Vocational Student of the Year title in 2014.

“It is highly rewarding and satisfying to succeed in such a unique industry,” she said.

“The skills I have learned will make it possible for me to work anywhere in the world”.

To see Rachel at work, watch The Aircraft Maintenance Engineer: Rachel's story.

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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