Inspiring females to take up a trade

Sarah Jayne Flatters hopes her experience as an electrical apprentice will inspire other females to pick up the tools.

Sarah Jayne started her Australian Apprenticeship at 21, having previously studied at university, worked as an Occupational Health and Safety officer and volunteered in South America.

She says she was shocked to discover the average starting age for apprentice electricians was in the mid-20s.

"More people my age are realising the advantages of doing a trade, particularly in Australia," Sarah Jayne said.

"I found that getting respect for completing my apprenticeship as a woman was oustanding."

The Perth-based electrician was employed by EGT and hosted by four different companies during her Australian Apprenticeship which she completed in October, 2013.

She is now employed with one of her host employers - Programmed Electrical Technologies - and recently took part in Group Training Australia's Today's Skills: Tomorrow's Leaders Program. Watch Sarah's podcast here.

The 25-year-old has also launched a non-profit organisation - TradeUP Australia - which encourages women to see the trades as a viable career option.

"My interest in mentoring and leadership has helped me be a successful apprentice and opened up many opportunities," she said.

"I want to keep building on my knowledge and moving up through the industry to prove to myself and everyone around me that starting at the bottom and working your way up is possible.

"I am passionate about getting more women in Western Australia into the trades, so they can take advantage of the endless opportunities that an Australian Apprenticeship provides."

Read why Sarah-Jayne started a non-profit organisation called TradeUP Australia

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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