Lavinia

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After feeling lost and not knowing her direction, Lavina knew she needed a hands-on job was how she best learnt, undertook an apprenticeship and is now a fully qualified Light Vehicle Mechanic. Lavinia had a difficult apprenticeship but is now working on patrol and loving it Lavinia’s message ‘that it is okay to do what you love, no matter of gender or anything else that may be different. Alot of our time is spent working, might as well enjoy

Lavina is available to speak about the automotive industry and is available in person as an inspiring speaker, mentoring, career speed dating or workshops helping students gain an understanding of what skills they need to work in the automotive industry.

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As a kid I showed interest in cars, but it wasn’t until I bought my first car that I thought it could be a career choice for me.
It took me a few years to build the courage to start the career. I didn’t have anyone who knew about cars in my life at the time, which didn’t help the lack of confidence in the area. In Year 12 especially, we were pushed to go to university and all I knew is that I didn’t want to. I completed Year 12 whilst having a casual job in retail. I continued in the retail field a year and a bit after high school and then moved onto a traineeship in finance. I lasted the 3-month probation period in the traineeship and decided to end it due to lack of stimulation and office work. I needed a hands-on job as that is how I learn best.

I was lost for a little after that, bouncing from hospitality jobs and delivering junk mail.

I was lacking so much confidence in myself and decided to see if I could get an apprenticeship in light vehicle mechanics. I thought it wouldn’t go ahead because of my lack of experience but they were more than welcoming. I did 8 weeks of Cert 2 in light vehicle mechanics and then City Holden offered me a job and I completed my 4-year Certificate III with them.
I wanted to try something different again but in the same industry, so I learnt to tint cars at Tint a Car which I found was not suited to me at all.

I applied for RAA and have been working as a patrol since October 2022 and loving it.

My apprenticeship was difficult and I thought I might not make it through because of the negative comments received by certain individuals. Unfortunately in everything that you do, some people may not approve but that’s okay. The way they feel has nothing to do with you. I want to spread the message that it is okay to do what you love, no matter of gender or anything else that may be different. Alot of our time is spent working, might as well enjoy it.