Abraham’s Story

When Abraham first came to North Lake from Zimbabwe in 2013 his aim was to follow an ATAR pathway towards becoming an electrical engineer.

He impressed his teachers with his application and was awarded a Rotary Club of Booragoon Endeavour Scholarship that year. “At the end of the year I thought that at my age it would be long process and so I looked for a better path,” he said.

Abraham decided to join the Industrial Studies course and effectively do Year 11 again. It has proved to be a very good decision. As part of his course Abraham gained a work placement at World Diesel in Melville. “The apprentice I was working with keep pushing me to talk to the boss about my future,” he said, “Then one day the boss came to me and said, ‘You’ve got a spot here, do you want an apprenticeship?’”

World Diesel specialises in repairing and servicing trailers and heavy trucks, Abraham will take up a heavy duty mechanical apprenticeship. “I enjoy the work,” he said, “it keeps you busy and I like being challenged. The people there teach and help you.”

Abraham is also a talented soccer player with Mandurah City in Division One of the State League. “I want to go as far as I can with soccer and with my work,” he said, “I’ll be running them both. “Being at North Lake has been a great pleasure,” Abraham said, “I’ve totally changed since I got here, It’s not just the study, I’ve learned respect and seeing everyone as equal. I really like mixing with people from lots of different cultures – you learn different and better ways of doing things and you learn bits of their languages too.

“It was a good decision to come to North Lake and a very good decision to do Industrial Studies.”

“Being at North Lake has been a great pleasure. I’ve totally changed since I got here, it’s not just the study, I’ve learned respect and seeing everyone as equal…you learn different and better ways of doing things…”

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