Three generations in workshop
Monday, 2nd September, 2019
By Myles Burt
Chevarli Lloyde has been welcomed as K&J Crash Repairs’ newest apprentice, completing three generations of Lloydes at the workshop.
Chevarli, 16, has chosen to take up her grandfather Randall Lloyde’s offer of becoming an apprentice panel beater.
She completed work experience there a few months ago, and started to take a real interest in getting into the family profession.
“A couple of months down the track I was looking for something outside of school, something new and different,” Chevarli said.
“I mentioned the idea to him (her Grandfather Randall) and he suggested an apprenticeship.
“I was quite fond of the idea, so here we are.”
Randall said that Chevarli is the first girl in the family to become a apprentice panel beater, and also thinks she might be the first in Broken Hill.
“My grandfather, my uncle, they’ve all worked here so I thought it would be good to follow along,” Chevarli said.
The teenager is hoping to expand upon her trade over time, but is currently looking forward to focusing her attention on her apprenticeship, which includes panel beating and spray painting.
The teenager said she’s keen to learn all of it, even the odd jobs she might have to do with her family on site.
“Office work with my grandmother, but yeah I’m keen,” Chevarli said.
She said a few people around her age were looking at getting apprenticeships, but most are waiting to finish Year 12 before diving into a trade.
Chevarli said the idea of being one of the first to drop out of her school year group made the apprenticeship decision a daunting one.
But she said it will be worthwhile in the end.
“In the end I dropped out and I’m a lot happier I did, it’s a new leaf turned over,” she said.
Randall said he would consider bringing in more female apprentices to join his granddaughter, if anyone is interested in taking on the trade.