Smooth running for Charli’s chosen career
CHARLI Mirtschin might not see herself as a trendsetter, but it’s hard to describe her any other way.
The Heywood 17-year-old created history earlier this year when she became the first female apprentice diesel mechanic employed by Glenelg Shire Council.
Ms Mirtschin will carry out the four-year apprenticeship under the supervision of Westvic Staffing Solutions, a successful partnership that sees the latter responsible for ensuring she meets all her learning requirements, and provides her with a support network.
A month into her apprenticeship at the Heywood-based workshop, she still getting to grips with her new working environment, but is delighted at the opportunity.
Ms Mirtschin works in a team of five – three qualified mechanics and two apprentices – that are responsible for keeping the council’s fleet running right across the shire.
With mobile mechanic Jason Wilson as her supervisor, she could be anywhere in the vast region each day when not in the workshop.
Growing up on a farm near Heywood, she was around tractors and machinery there, but otherwise there is no family connection to the trade.
So why venture into what has traditionally been a male-dominated world?
It wasn’t from any desire to be a trendsetter.
“I’m not really sure,” she said.
“I was talking to someone and they threw the idea around and it was sort of interesting.
“I had a few ideas around about what I wanted to do and this was the one that was left.
“I did work experience here and really liked that and as soon as I finished my work experience I applied for this. I was definitely surprised to get it.”
That might be an understatement, with council staff impressed with her passion and attitude when she was interviewed.