BREAK­ING GEN­DER BAR­RIER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

JES­SICA Chi­ronna has a point to prove not only to her­self but to the male-dom­i­nated sheet-metal in­dus­try.

The tradie, 19, of Wha­lan, said she was ex­cited to face five men at the 2016 WorldSkills Aus­tralia Na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Mel­bourne next week.

“The idea of be­ing able to cre­ate some­thing out of noth­ing is re­ally amaz­ing,” Ms Chi­ronna said.

“A piece of metal is just a piece of metal un­til you touch it.

“I’m ex­cited and scared, too – be­cause you’re un­der more pres­sure than the boys. You’ve got to prove your­self be­cause no­body be­lieves you can do it.

“It’s not only about prov­ing it to the guys, I’m go­ing to prove to my­self than I can do it.”

Ms Chi­ronna’s love af­fair with metal work came dur­ing a jew­ellery work­shop in high school.

“At my Chi­fley Col­lege, we got to make jew­ellery and you have to do a bit of sol­der­ing and weld­ing and that re­ally piqued my in­ter­est,” she said.

Since then, Ms Chi­ronna has done ev­ery course and cer­tifi­cate pos­si­ble. She works for IAC Acous­tics where she fash­ions muf­flers for trucks and sound­proof­ing for walls, among other things, and she loves it.

“I think I’ve found my dream job,” she said.

“I think there is a def­i­nitely a chance for me to win … I might not be as ex­pe­ri­enced as ev­ery­one else who’s go­ing but I have put in all the ef­fort to go­ing. I’ve done all the ex­tra work to get there. I just haven’t been in the trade as long.”

Jes­sica Chi­ronna is com­pet­ing at the WorldSkills Aus­tralia Na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Mel­bourne. Pic­ture: Tim Clapin

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