Singleton local wins state training award

Singleton’s Emma Gibson was named Woman in Non-traditional Trade Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious NSW & ACT Group Training Awards held in Sydney on Friday night.

The award recognised Emma’s outstanding performance and her passion for developing her career in engineering which is generally considered a non-traditional industry for women.

Growing up on a small family property, Emma said she has always enjoyed the outdoors and at a young age developed an interest in cars, trucks, and machinery.

“My father is a fitter machinist by trade and from an early age I could be found in the shed with him asking questions and fascinated to learn more. I enjoyed hands on projects and challenging myself to understand how things worked.

“I always admired my father’s knowledge in the trade and was inspired by both my hard working and supportive parents who taught me that I could achieve whatever it is I put my mind to. This cemented my decision to apply for a fitter machinist apprenticeship with HVTC Hunter,” the 23 year old said.

During her Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical Trade, Emma excelled in the area of machining and loved the challenge of the fine detailed work it provided. She also shone in the theory and practical components of fitting whilst completing her studies at the HVTC Skills Centre.

The award tops off an illustrious four year apprenticeship for Emma who was also named Woman in Non-traditional Trade Apprentice of the Year at the 2017 HVTC Excellence Awards, 2016 Hunter Manufacturing Awards’ Apprentice of the Year, and was presented with a Tradesperson Scholarship at the 2015 National Association of Women in Construction Awards.

“Whilst there are still some challenges facing women in non-traditional trades, I hope my success will inspire other women to defy stereotypes and chase their goals,” said Emma.

HVTC CEO Sharon Smith attended the NSW & ACT Group Training Awards and congratulated Emma on her achievements.

“We are very proud of Emma’s accomplishments, her focus on developing her skills and pursuing a career in engineering. Her success is an absolute credit to her, her host employer Select Plant Hire in Telarah and our dedicated and experienced staff,” Ms Smith said.

Emma was unable to attend the event in person so HVTC Field Officer Kellie Marks accepted the award on her behalf.

Emma Gibson workshop image