STARTING his career at The Border Watch over five years ago, printing machinist Ben Lehmann has grown to be an integral part of producing each newspaper.
Originally employed as an inserter, an opportunity for a full-time printing apprenticeship arose and Ben jumped at the chance to take the next step in his career.
Now fully qualified, Ben enjoys the freedom of four-day working weeks with some of his closest mates.
“My favourite part of my job would have to be the team I work with,” he said.
“The whole Border Watch crew are a great bunch of people, but especially the blokes out in the printing room.
“We always have a great time printing the paper each day, even though it gets stressful at times, you’re never having a dull day with them around.”
Ben said the ever-changing printing technique was another aspect of the job he enjoyed.
“We are always learning something new,” he said.
“There’s always advancements with printing, things are always changing and we get to learn new things every day which I think keeps the job exciting.
“It’s pretty high pressure as well which some might find tough, but I love being in the thick of it.”
Despite the inevitable ink-stained clothes and greasy hands, Ben remains grateful for his role.
“The Border Watch gave me the chance to get my first real career,” Ben said.
“I didn’t have any qualifications before I came here but now I do.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunities I have received working here and I look forward to continuing on as part of the team.”
Ben said the support of his family and friends had helped shape his career, but said his partner Sharnee had the biggest influence.
“Sharnee has been a huge support to me,” Ben said.
“I wouldn’t have been able to build my career without her behind me.
“I’m a really lucky guy to have her by my side.”
In his spare time, Ben enjoys exploring the Limestone Coast and its surrounds.
“I was born in Adelaide but I moved to the South East when I was six, so I feel like I’ve been here my whole life,” he said.
“I really enjoy living in the country as there’s a lot of room to get out and do things.
“There’s heaps of places to ride my motorbike and lots of four-wheel-drive tracks around the area.
“I enjoy being outdoors and having space to explore instead of being cooped up in the city.”