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From bank teller to diesel mechanic

Dannielle Weston accepts the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award.
Dannielle Weston accepts the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award.

THIS Rockhampton girl isn't afraid to get her hands dirty.

Dannielle Weston swapped her life as a Commonwealth Bank teller to become a diesel mechanic and hasn't looked back.

The 27-year-old completed her apprenticeship through Hastings Deering and said it was important to take opportunities where you saw them and never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

"Sometimes we might take a job because it suits life and our circumstances at the time but that doesn't mean you can't follow a dream or take a chance at finding the job you have always wanted,” Dannielle said.

"Every day presents new challenges and that's what I love about the work.

"Each machine comes with its own intricacies, from working out the diagnostics to the actual maintenance.”

In July this year, she took out the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award and had the chance to head down to Brisbane for the Queensland Training Awards gala dinner earlier this month.

Although Dannielle didn't take home the State Apprentice of the Year award she has become the face of Hastings Deering's apprenticeship campaign.

The job is one of pride for Dannielle who wants to let females know it's not just a boys club.

"You can sit back at the end of each day and know you have achieved something, especially when you see the machine you have just worked on rumbling by.

"The training is second to none and I would encourage other females who are interested in this field of work to apply, it is such a positive environment to work in.

"Everyone learns from each other.”

Topics:  apprenticeship, diesel fitter, harry hauenschild apprentice of the year



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