Meet Farlane! Farlane is a 2nd year Heavy Vehicle Body Repair Apprentice and started State Transit in early 2014. Farlane wanted to learn more about the trade having been interested in big trucks since she was a kid when she would help her Dad with his truck. Farlane works alongside other apprentices who perform different trades including Mechanical and Vehicle Painting.
Having previously represented Australia in Australian Women's Rugby League Team, Farlane is focused on succeeding. She started her apprenticeship at the Western Regional Body Shop and spent her first year gaining valuable experience and knowledge of State Transit's diverse bus fleet.
Farlane has had a chance to work on some unique projects so far. One job she found really satisfying was converting a vehicle to make it wheelchair accessible. One of the challenges Farlane has found has been learning things from scratch, "It was difficult coming into an industry I knew nothing about and starting from the bottom". Now Farlane sees learning new skills as one of the most enjoyable and satisfying aspects of her apprenticeship.
Farlane finds the feedback she receives from her managers really helpful, motivating her to do her best. One of the most positive comments a manager has made was the "Farlane's work quality has been excellent as she is interested in her work. She completes her jobs with great attention to detail and ensures each job is finished to a high standard. Farlane shows her interest and commitment to her apprenticeship through her eagerness to learn more about the work and the industry. She welcomes new jobs that challenge her and allow her to it work out for herself. She is always willing to try any job given to her".
Reflecting back, Farlane says that asides from the skills she has gained here, she feels more independent and grown up. And if she could offer a tip to anyone interested in doing an apprenticeship, it would be "learn as much as you can, try your hardest, don't be scared to fail as you're still learning! Don't be afraid to ask for help and learn from your mistakes".