Patti’s on a great career pathway
Muswellbrook’s Patti Reichel embodies this year’s International Women’s Day pledge to accelerate gender parity as she pursues her goal of becoming a qualified electrician.
For nineteen year old Patti, whose apprenticeship was facilitated through state-wide regional training organisation, HVTC, the opportunity to learn and train in a traditionally male dominated industry is exciting.
Patti wanted to leave school early and undertaking an apprenticeship gave her a great pathway to learning a valuable trade and commencing her career.
“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and working towards my Certificate III in Electrotechnology with my host employer, RMS Services,” said Patti.
“The course and the work are really interesting and it’s quite satisfying knowing you can complete tasks to the same standards and accomplish the same results as your male colleagues.”
“Patti has been an excellent ambassador for RMS Services and I am very pleased to have Patti as a female apprentice. She’s tackled jobs with enthusiasm and always been ready to lend a hand,” said Steve Reichel, Managing Director, RMS Services.
“Patti has striven to complete her TAFE course and her ability to grasp what she’s learned has helped her in her chosen trade. As a fourth year apprentice, Patti is now assisting other apprentices, her junior and in the same trade, with their tasks or queries when needed.”
“We regularly get comments from customers about Patti saying how impressed they were with this young lady, particularly her politeness and knowledge of the job at hand. Her confidence in completing her work and explaining what she’s done has ensured customers are happy with her work.”
“I’d like to congratulate Patti for undertaking her apprenticeship in a male dominated field,” added Steve.
Meeting other women in electrical trades and similar industries has given Patti more confidence about her decision to take on a trade in a male dominated industry.
“I’d encourage anyone interested in a trade to do so,” said Patti.
“I’ve had great support from my HVTC Field Officer, Karen Eveleigh, and the team at RMS Services which has really helped me with my work and studies.”
“Patti is currently in the final year of her electrical apprenticeship and she has proven if you’re committed and work hard you can achieve success irrespective of gender. Patti has developed her skills and knowledge of the electrical trade and, in turn, her confidence has grown. I believe Patti has a bright future ahead of her,” said Karen Eveleigh, Field Officer, HVTC Hunter.
“I have a lot of interests outside of work and regularly play touch football and netball and enjoy water skiing and wakeboarding,” said Patti.
Patti would encourage other women to consider non-traditional careers.