An ‘amazing’ Aston Martin experience
After growing up with a love for cars, working for luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin was a dream come true for Travis Duff.
The dream would not have been possible if he did not undertake an Australian Apprenticeship completing a Certificate III in Engineering and becoming a fitter and turner.
Travis’ employer Mendham Engineering recommended that he compete in the 2009 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for turning.
After winning gold at this event, the 26-year-old progressed to the WorldSkills Australia National Competition – winning gold again.
This success led to the Brisbane-resident being awarded a 2011 BBM Scholarship.
“I have always had a huge interest in anything mechanical – you name it, I’m more than likely into it,” Travis said.
“My Australian Apprenticeship allowed me to build my skills through the WorldSkills competitions and then experience working in the Aston Martin factory, before travelling through the United Kingdom and Europe.
“The entire experience was amazing, one that I’m very thankful for as not many people in this world will ever to experience such an opportunity.”
Now Travis is fully-qualified and working as an Assistant Foreman with Mendham Engineering.
“I have built many cars and trucks, doing everything from machining and assembling motors to painting bodywork,” he said.
“At Mendham Engineering, I am enjoying a variety of tasks including training apprentices just as I was trained during my apprenticeship.”