Securing a future on two wheels

Sharine Milne spent many years as a shift worker, with countless early starts and late nights.

At age 25 and a single mother to a six year old, she felt her daughter was growing up without her. When her daughter said ‘mummy I don't see you anymore’ it was a gut wrenching moment. She knew then a career switch was her next step.

She made a decision that would inevitably change her life when she walked into her local TAFE and enquired about what was available. A self- confessed ‘rev head’, it was the motorcycle trade that made its calling to Sharine.

"I remember as a young girl in primary school, the teachers asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Even back then I wanted to be a grease monkey!” Sharine said.

Sharine undertook a pre-vocational course in automotive studies, and did so well she was nominated as the TAFE’s Pre-Vocational Student of the Year. Soon after this, her employer offered her an Australian Apprenticeship in motorcycle mechanical technology. Ten years later, she now owns the successful business where she trained.

Earning the nickname ‘spanner’, it took Sharine only seven years to evolve from apprentice to master. Completing an Australian Apprenticeship in just three years and later adding a Diploma of Management to her qualifications.

“I remember saying to my boss on the first day of my apprenticeship that I would own the business one day. And I did! I finished my trade. I did the managerial course and I now own the business and I've done it in under 10 years. And best of all I get time with my daughter.

“If you've got a passion stick with it. You'll always get what you want so long as you actually say ‘I can and I will do it’.

“Don't ever let somebody tell you that just because you have a specific gender you can't do something. You can always prove them wrong!” Sharine said.

Sharine was recognised for her commitment to training, winning the Queensland Trainee of the Year, and was a finalist in the Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year at the 2012 Australian Training Awards.

To hear Sharine talk about her career journey, watch her at work in The Motorcycle Mechanic: Sharine’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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