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“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work on these huge projects and there’s plenty to learn. The best part of my work is doing different things every day and working outdoors.”
This is how 19-year-old Preston Grech describes his job as a heavy diesel mechanic apprentice. The latest to join the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link Project, Preston’s role is contributing towards exceeding Aboriginal employment and procurement targets.
Preston is employed with Marlee Resources, a company that finds opportunities for young Aboriginal people to complete an education and get a trade in the building and mining industries.
As the project's Aboriginal Participation Manager John Mallard explains, the Thornlie-Cockburn Link Project has a strong and genuine commitment to Aboriginal participation.
“We are working closely with Aboriginal businesses like Marlee Resources to support and develop Aboriginal contractors’ capability and capacity; and secure Aboriginal people in employment,” John said.
Currently working on both the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension projects, Preston has his sights set on a career in rail.
“I have always been interested in mechanics and trains and now that I’m halfway through my four-year apprenticeship, I plan to keep working and developing myself in this industry,” Preston said.