Single mum gets up to speed with career

Bronwen is a busy single mother of nine children who is now in the fast lane to becoming a successful motor mechanic.

With limited work experience and having finished school in year nine, Bronwen lacked confidence to enter the workforce.

That soon changed after the 41-year-old signed up to CVGT Australia’s ParentsNext program in Echuca.

“Bronwen had expressed that she wanted to study mechanics – but she had been previously discouraged because of her age and having no driver’s licence,” Kathryn Lord, CVGT Australia ParentsNext manager, says.

“We have been working with Bronwen to build her self-esteem and confidence – we also booked her in for driving lessons.”

With support from the ParentsNext team in Echuca, Bronwen landed a position as an apprentice mechanic at Graeme Nelson Motors.

“From as far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a mechanic,” Bronwen says. “But I often thought it was too late to do anything about it.

“Little did I know that one day I would start a program called ParentsNext, and through it I would achieve my goal and chase that dream.”

Graeme Nelson, Bronwen’s manager, believes she is a great fit for the business, saying her maturity and professionalism are welcomed by customers.

“Bronwen has become a greatly appreciated member of our staff – she is very motivated and our customers have really embraced her,” Graeme says.

“I believe that employing Bronwen has been one of the best choices made for Graeme Nelson Motors.”

As Bronwen continues to successfully balance motherhood and her dream job, she has one piece of advice for those who are trying to do the same.

“We have one life, and it’s yours – dream it, live it, love it – just like I’m doing.”

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