After the birth of her Daugther, Verushka decided she needed to make a big change in her life. Moving on from fashion retail she took on an apprenticeship as a mechanical fitter with Alcoa.

After graduating, she now works as a mechanical fitter at Alcoa’s alumina refinery in Kwinana, a world away from high-street fashion.

She challenged herself and succeeded, setting up a bright future for her and her daughter.

Verushka (front, far right), with her fellow graduates after completing her mechanical fitter apprenticeship.

After graduating from her mechanical fitter apprentice Verushka spoke about the various support networks that were critical to each of their success.

“The knowledge we’ve gained was an integral part of our journey.

Most of this knowledge came from the tradespeople we have worked alongside, who have patiently shared their expertise and for that we are extremely grateful.”

Offering sage advice to others looking to apply for an apprenticeship with Alcoa, the mature-aged apprentice and mother of one urged people of all ages to not hold back.

“You are never too old to learn, and you’ll thank yourself later for having the courage to do it,” she said.