Melinda: apprentice fitter-machinist
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Melinda: apprentice fitter-machinist

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Melinda Lethbridge always had a fascination with how things work and had a natural skill and passion for hands-on work, but felt obliged to pursue a tertiary pathway. After spending a week doing work experience in the Engineering industry, she decided that an Australian Apprenticeship in fitting and machining was a good balance between theoretical and practical learning. She enrolled in a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade at Swinburne University of Technology and commenced her apprenticeship the day after completing her school exams.

Melinda was the 2014 Australian Apprentice of the Year. As a qualified fitt​er and turner, Melinda won the Gold medal for Fitting and Machining at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia’s National Competition.

“I am absolutely stoked, I was not expecting this at all, this is amazing”

Passionate in promoting maths education and manufacturing career development, Melinda tutors primary and secondary students, as well as refugees from Burma.

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