Ca­reer build­ing

BRICKIE-IN-TRAIN­ING BREAKS DOWN GEN­DER WALLS

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Bruce Hunt

El­len­brook Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dent Caitlin Holmes is at­tempt­ing to change the think­ing sur­round­ing tra­di­tional gen­der roles in the work­force, with an in­ter­est in a ca­reer in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

CAITLIN Holmes (17) is help­ing change the think­ing on tra­di­tional jobs for boys or girls and is well on her way to be­com­ing a qual­i­fied brick­layer.

Tra­di­tion­ally a man’s job, brick­lay­ing is fast be­com­ing a woman’s way of life in WA’s boom­ing build­ing in­dus­try.

Caitlin’s pre­de­ces­sor at El­len­brook Sec­ondary Col­lege, Shaw­nah God­den, was the first girl to take to the trowel there and achieve a Cer­tifi­cate II in Build­ing and Con­struc­tion af­ter com­plet­ing the two year course.

“I love work­ing with my hands in the out­doors and don’t mind the in­evitable cal­luses and bro­ken nails,” Caitlin said.

“I hope to get an ap­pren­tice­ship in the build­ing in­dus­try on com­ple­tion of this two year course.”

Caitlin takes it in her stride that she is the only girl among the 20 boys in the work­place learn­ing classes, which are held four times a week.

She has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the first year of the two-year course.

De­sign and tech­ni­cal teacher Jeff Im­rie, in ad­di­tion to help­ing smash the tra­di­tional gen­der job roles in con­struc­tion, has other suc­cesses to his credit; three of his male pro­teges took gold, sil­ver and bronze medals in the re­cent World Skills Brick­lay­ing Expo.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473833

Caitlin Holmes is seek­ing a ca­reer in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

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