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PAH tradie hopes to spark change

9 March 2018

This Queensland Women’s Week, Princess Alexandra Hospital’s (PAH) only female trade apprentice is encouraging other young women to start a trade.

Ms Hannah Watts said while a lot of her friends had gone to university when they finished school she preferred hands-on, practical training.

“I wanted a career that would challenge me but also enable me to have skills that would help others and make a positive contribution to our community,” she said.

“I really enjoy the versatility and challenges of my work and the support that the tradesmen give me.

“I love that every day I come to work at the hospital I learn something new and can improve on my current skills and knowledge.”

To encourage other young women to start a trade, Hannah started a Facebook networking platform for female electrical workers named Sparkettes QLD.

“I really appreciate that I have had opportunities to be a mentor and role model to other women who are entering or thinking of entering a trade,” she said.

“Because it’s been a male-dominated industry for so long, I think often other young women want to be able to have a frank discussion about what the job is like.

“I love when I’m able to smash away some stereotypes and talk about just how much I love my job.” 

Hannah said she was halfway through her five-year electrician and instrumentation apprenticeship and looked forward to becoming fully qualified.

Last updated 9 March 2018
Last reviewed 9 March 2018

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