‘Seeing a haulpak for the first time… I fell in love’

Summah Marshall has always loved cars and been a hands-on person – and thanks to an apprenticeship with Griffin Coal she’s now turning those traits into a career. 

Marshall, who previously undertook work experience at Griffin while at TAFE, has now taken on a four-year heavy duty fitter apprenticeship and is feeling right at home. 

“I know that this is what I want to do for a career,” Marshall said. 

“I felt a little nervous coming in, being that this is a male-dominated industry, but everyone’s been super welcoming and they are always willing to give you a hand.” https://www.youtube.com/embed/ahPZN9aBPiw?feature=oembed

Griffin has a long-standing track record of training apprentices and providing them with development opportunities.  

The company often employs Collie locals graduating high school, putting on an average of three apprentices a year across trades such as heavy duty fitting, electrical work (including automotive) and welding. 

Marshall said diagnosis work was her favourite part of the job. 

“It’s definitely an achievement and a proud moment when you get to say that you were the one to fix it,” she said.