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Gemma’s fast-tracked career  

Published: September 29, 2021 12:51pm

After dropping out of Community College in year 10, Gemma was referred to PCYC through the Department of Education.

Gemma always had an interest in the automotive industry, but it wasn’t until she was put in touch with PCYC’s Institute of Training that pursuing this as a career became an option.

Gemma said, “I learnt a lot during the course, we got to take engines apart and I got so much hands on experience, it was great.”

After completing the six week course at Kensington PCYC, Gemma received her Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation. A few weeks after graduating, the Automotive Trainer from Kensington PCYC, Ben Cobbold contacted Gemma to present her with a work experience opportunity.

Gemma was put in touch with Dennis Heller, Director of High Speed Engineering and was offered two weeks work experience.

Targa West Gemma

After excelling in her first week, two weeks of work experience turned into six weeks, which then led to Gemma being offered a four year apprenticeship with the company. Part of this work experience involved assisting Dennis to get his car ready for a unique Motorsport event in Perth called Targa West.

Gemma was also asked to be part of the service crew at the event, working alongside Automotive Trainer, Ben Cobbold. Gemma’s duties included checking tyre pressure, changing wheels, fuelling, and cleaning the race car.

Gemma has already been asked to return to Targa West next year and hopes that one day she will be able to participate as a driver.

After completing her four year apprenticeship, Gemma plans to further her education in the automotive industry by applying to study Certificate III in Mechanics or Mechanical Engineering.

“Going to PCYC was the best thing I could have done for myself”, Gemma said.

We are very proud of our graduates, and nothing makes us happier than seeing them excited for their future.

Going to PCYC was the best thing I could have done for myself.
— Gemma, Certificate I in Automotive graduate