Rebecca Tapscott

Certificate IV in Aeroskills

When it comes to careers, although she works in the aviation industry, Rebecca Tapscott has her feet firmly on the ground.

Before starting at TAFE, Rebecca studied biological sciences at university for two years, but then realised she wanted to work with her hands. She completed a welding and fabrication course before successfully applying for an aircraft maintenance apprenticeship with Qantas, a great achievement as Qantas only hires six apprentices each year in her field.

Since then, Rebecca has excelled in both her on and off-the-job learning, winning the outstanding student award in each year of her Kangan Institute training.

Although it is still unusual to find women working in some trades, Rebecca denies she is breaking new ground. 'In the war it was always the men who flew the planes and the women who fixed them!' she explains.

Rebecca is already planning to complete an advanced diploma and later a degree in engineering or aviation. She is working towards completing the 13 Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) courses required to become a licensed aircraft engineer.