From Big Macs to Mack trucks

Tan­isha fol­lows her dream en­rolling in a TAFE course

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Les­ley Apps les­ley.apps@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

MOST kids love the op­por­tu­nity to sit in a trac­tor or truck and pre­tend to drive them and Palmer’s Is­land’s Tan­isha Searle was no dif­fer­ent.

But then the grow­ing up part kicks in and those child­hood de­sires seem to make way for sen­si­ble things like get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion and a suit­able job.

Tan­isha was al­ready across the strong work ethic well be­fore she grad­u­ated from high school - hold­ing down two re­tails jobs with a com­bined 30 hours a week while do­ing her HSC was no mean feat.

Like a host of high school grad­u­ates she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do.

“I got my Cert. 3 in re­tail at McDon­alds as trainee­ship man­ager and thought that was the only di­rec­tion I could go in.”

Tan­isha said she didn’t re­ally feel she had di­rec­tion with a re­tail job but “I wasn’t sure what I was go­ing to do with my life.”

That was un­til she went to Primex with her fa­ther Glen and re­alised she still had a han­ker­ing for big ma­chin­ery.

“She had al­ways wanted to drive heavy equip­ment from a young age,” her fa­ther Glen said.

“She’d hop up in the seat, climb and ex­plore the ma­chin­ery when she was a kid.”

But Tan­isha had no idea how to get into this field of work be­cause, let’s face it, it’s not ex­actly over­run with fe­male op­er­a­tors.

And so Tan­isha’s child­hood af­fec­tion with heavy ma­chin­ery was re-awak­ened at the pop­u­lar Casino event.

“We thought we were just there to pat a cow and climb on a few ma­chines, but Tan­isha got to op­er­ate one and that was it,” Glen said.

As for­tu­itous tim­ing would have it a few days later the pair read about the TAFE open day in The Daily Ex­am­iner and thought it was meant to be.

Tan­isha and her fa­ther were at the re­cent TAFE open day and signed up for the course im­me­di­ately.

“I’m def­i­nitely ready to learn as much as pos­si­ble about this, do the course and get straight out there and start work­ing,” she said.

Work for Tan­isha means be­ing part of the high­way up­grade, one of the ma­jor projects that is pro­vid­ing ca­reers in a va­ri­ety of fields for in­ter­ested stu­dents.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the TAFE NSW pi­lot Civil Pre-Em­ploy­ment pro­gram held in March this year TAFE are tak­ing new ap­pli­ca­tions for the Civil Path­ways Pro­gram (PEP) to com­mence at the Tren­yar In­fra­struc­ture Skills Cen­tre in July.

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NEW DI­REC­TION: Tan­isha Searle and her dad Glen at the re­cent TAFE info ses­sion day.

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