International Women's Day 2019 - Amelia Barden

In celebration of #internationalwomensday on Friday March 8, HVTC will be featuring some of the many talented female apprentices and trainees that currently work for us around NSW, including HVTC Illawarra's Amelia Barden.

What is your name? Amelia Barden

How old are you? 18

Where are you from? Windang

What qualification are you doing? Cert III in Electrotechnology Apprenticeship

Who is your host employer? BlueScope

What is the name of your TAFE/RTO? TAFE NSW, Wollongong Campus

What year of your apprenticeship/traineeship are you in? First

Are you enjoying it? Yes

What do you like most about it? Learning new skills and realising that tasks I thought I couldn’t do were actually easy enough, such as welding

What type of work do you do in your role? Currently in an 8-week training program before going to site

Has your host employer been supportive? Yes they have provided me with this opportunity and fantastic training

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship/traineeship? Wanted to gain more skills and didn’t want to go to uni like my other friends

Is it something you’ve always wanted to do? No, I only started thinking about doing a trade around 18 months ago

What would you like to do when you complete your apprenticeship/traineeship? Still be employed with BlueScope and studying at uni. I’d like to do an engineering degree

Do you know any other women who work in traditionally male dominated trades? Some of my mum’s friends do, but no one in my circle of friends

Would you encourage other women to take up a non-traditional trade? Absolutely

What are your hobbies or interests outside of work? Photography and beauty, hiking and visiting new places

The theme for 2019 IWD is #BalanceforBetter. What does this mean to you? Equality – no one is better than anyone else, a solid balance between both sexes.

Who/what inspires you? Do you have any role models that you look up to, whether personally or professionally? Why? My mum, she is a strong independent woman that has raised me to be the woman I am today.

HVTC Illawarra apprentice Amelia Barden