Seizing an opportunity to focus on a lifetime career goal rather than following a traditional study pathway was a big risk for Taylah Heinrich, but it’s well and truly paid off.
Just six months into a school-based traineeship studying a Certificate III in Business, Heinrich stepped into a role as the new spare parts controller at McColl’s Transport’s Geelong workshop after proving herself to the fleet team.
“Taylah displays an absolute willingness to give anything a go even if it is outside the scope of her skillset at the present time and this is why she is exceeding in her role,” said fleet improvement and data manager Cameron Kos.
And this all part of Heinrich’s master plan, as she hopes to one day go out on her own.
“I’m just trying to add more tools to my toolbox by gaining as much knowledge as I can so one day I can start my own transport company,” she said.
‘’I have a real passion for the industry as I’ve been around transport since I was a kid. My dad was a truck driver and my mum worked in freight forwarding.”
Not one to take the easy road, Heinrich loves the challenge of her role. “It’s never simple. There is always a challenge being thrown at me, pushing me to see what I can achieve.”
This may well be one of the many reasons she was recently awarded Victorian Group Training employee of the month in August.
The role has seen Heinrich working at both the Geelong and Altona facilities – helping with new systems, investigating if something isn’t working and finding solutions or alternatives.