Sharine “Spanner” a motorcycle repair mechanic

Sharine is a motorbike repair mechanic. Fondly known as “Spanner” Sharine’s story is incredible! Sharine shares everything you need to know about getting into the industry. Through Sharine’s struggle to get into the industry, the persistence and eagerness she showed during her training, the awards and recognition, the mentoring she provides the women following in her tracks and running the workshop she now owns after purchasing it from her first and only employer! Sharine remains modest and passionate about her career and giving back to those around her.
Show breakdown:
31sec Intro
47sec How Sharine got started in her career
2.35min Why Sharine chose automotive as a trade to pursue
3.59min How she dealt with being the only woman in class
5.10min What happened to Sharine’s career after starting the course
11.03min Sharine shares how we can get more women into the industry
13.25min how you can get mentored by “Spanner”
13.59min Sharine continues her story about commencing her apprenticeship
21.44min How Sharine juggled her role as teacher, workshop supervisor and head mechanic.
22.57min Advice for those considering a similar career path
23.05min Sharine shares her final words of wisdom
24.31min Hero moments
25.41min How to get in touch with Sharine (Spanner) 

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