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Chloe is Breaking the Mould in the Construction Industry

By TAFE NSW
Posted: 9 Mar 2021
A young Cooranbong woman has built her carpentry skills into a career by starting an apprenticeship with Stafford Constructions Lake Macquarie.

The NSW Government is paving the way for more women and mature workers to take up trades, with a $57.4 million commitment for a new Trades Skills Pathways Centre in the 2020-21 NSW Budget. According to the Australian Government Job Outlook, women currently make up only 1 per cent of Carpenters.i

Now in her third year of studying the Certificate III in Carpentry at TAFE NSW Belmont, 19-year-old Chloe Gray is the only female apprentice in her class but that is not something that deters her from succeeding.

“My TAFE NSW teacher is fantastic at explaining everything with a lot of depth. I am really enjoying my apprenticeship, I learn something every day, and it is great being able to put in practice the skills that I learn through my course.”

After learning the basics of carpentry from her parents, who flip houses, Chloe grew a strong interest in woodwork and working with her hands.

“It’s a satisfying feeling figuring out how to build a structure that is fit for purpose.”

Stafford Constructions Owner Marty Stafford said “Chloe is a true professional with a refreshing perspective on both construction and problem solving. Chloe’s work eithic and the work she produces is a positive reflection on the industry in general.

“We ensure our staff are trained by TAFE NSW because they provide first-class training and are the largest and most well-established training provider in the country.”

Chloe’s advice to other women who are considering a trade-based career is “If you’re thinking about it and you’re passionate about it, then just do it, create your own path. I now have the privilege to be able to do what I love every day.”

To find out more about the range of courses at TAFE NSW visit TAFE NSW or phone 131 601.

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