Emma’s apprenticeship opens new doors

Since beginning her Australian Apprenticeship, Emma Stevenson has progressed her career beyond her expectations.

In 2009, Emma was the first female Australian Apprentice to be employed by BHP Billiton Nickel West's Leinster mine site, gaining a Certificate III in Engineering (Electrical/Electronic Trade) and a Certificate IV in Engineering (Instrumentation). After completing her Certificates, Emma was offered a full time electrical maintainer position with the company.

In her first year out from her apprenticeship, she was awarded the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) Outstanding Tradesperson/Operator Award, a fantastic achievement on top of her trade qualifications which also gave her the confidence to apply for more diverse roles in the oil and gas sector.

Emma now works for Chevron on its Wheatstone Liquefied Natural Gas project in Onslow Western Australia as a process operator – a position she was well equipped for because of her Australian Apprenticeship.

Emma is also an active member with TradeUP Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that advocates for women in trades and has recently gained her Certificate III in Process Operations through Challenger Institute’s ACEPT campus. 

“My positive experience during my apprenticeship has motivated me to want to share my experience with other young women in order to show them that the traditional perceptions aren’t valid, and to dispel myths around trades pathways being a secondary option to university.” 

“Being an Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador has allowed me to talk at schools and careers forums about my apprenticeship in a typically male-dominated trade environment, I really enjoy these opportunities to meet students and hear about their career goals.”

As a Fly-in-Fly-out (FIFO) worker, Emma enjoys being able to travel with her fiancée, work on her own home, take care of her dad and get the most out of her down time. She’s enjoyed being part of the team on-site- flying in together and having the common bond of the shared FIFO experience was really beneficial.

In 2013, Emma was named Western Australian Apprentice of the Year and was a finalist in the same category at the Australian Training Awards.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.


If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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