"I've always been interested in mechanics and diesel fitting; but never pursued this as a career as I believed it was hard to get into," Samantha said.
"However it was time for a career change and I thought why not give it a go.
As I didn’t have an apprenticeship, I decided to enrol in the Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (MEM20413)."
By completing the Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (MEM20413) Samantha obtained practical skills and knowledge that helped increase her prospects of gaining an engineering apprenticeship, as well as giving her the confidence to pursue her dream career.
"This course has really helped me kick start my career and gain an apprenticeship at Drake Trailers," Samantha said.
"I learnt a lot through TAFE, from the theory work to the practical training in the workshop," she continued.
"The teachers were great as they provided us with the tools and correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that we needed and we received step-by-step instructions on how to do the tasks required if we weren't sure how to complete them."
Not only did Samantha undertake training at the Ipswich campus, she was presented with the opportunity to gain work experience.
"The teachers have contacts outside of TAFE, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity for two weeks of work experience. This helped immensely in applying the knowledge that I learnt during the course and put it into action in the workplace," she said.
"This course has helped me become a better person and made me believe in myself that I can go out there and accomplish what I want to in the industry."
"If you want a career in engineering and you haven’t got an apprenticeship, don’t let that hold you back. My advice would be to look at the different pathways available and follow your dream.”