“Being a female in trade isn’t as big or scary as you may think. My teachers have made me feel confident and comfortable. I’m now excited to start my apprenticeship and see where I can go with it.”
When Nellie decided to change her career and pursue training to become an electrician, she knew the journey would have its challenges. But she’d tell you today that it’s all worth it.
“I studied fashion and nutrition in the past and worked in hospitality, but none of these paths were right for me. I’ve always enjoyed hands-on, practical work and knew of many friends who work in trades and enjoy it,” said the 28-year-old.
“Going back to studies was a difficult choice to make, but I knew it was something I had to do. I chose to do a pre-apprenticeship in electrical as it’d enable me to join my two areas of interest – the mathematical and scientific theory sides of things as well as the hands-on, practical work.”
Nellie cites the flexible nature of the Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies and supportive teachers as integral to helping her overcome challenges of a mid-career change.
“It was a struggle to maintain the work-study balance, but one of the benefits of Kangan Institute was being able to do the course part-time and structure your studies around work hours,” she said.
“I was initially worried about entering the trade as a female, but realised that there are a lot of females out there and it shouldn’t be something that holds you back. Being a female in trade isn’t as big or scary as you may think. My teachers have made me feel confident and comfortable.”
Next up for Nellie is completing an electrical apprenticeship within the commercial industry.
“During my course I did a little bit of work experience by accompanying a domestic electrician and learning on the job. I’m now excited to start my apprenticeship and see where I can go with it. I’m looking forward to getting the skills to be a great electrician; the apprenticeship will open many doors for me,” she said.