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Albany Extra - - News - Toby Hussey

Ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian Tiana Brady oc­ca­sion­ally gets cu­ri­ous glances when en­ter­ing work­sites, but knuck­ling down and do­ing a good job is her way of prov­ing women can suc­ceed in trades.

Since tak­ing her first pre-ap­pren­tice­ship course at Al­bany’s South Re­gional TAFE last year, Ms Brady has picked up a job and is re­ceiv­ing awards for her com­mit­ment to do­ing the best job she can.

In April, she picked up the col­lege’s best elec­trotech­nol­ogy pre-ap­pren­tice award as well as the trades and pri­mary in­dus­tries port­fo­lio award for her ded­i­ca­tion, en­thu­si­asm and pro­fi­ciency on the job and in the class­room.

She said she took pride in prov­ing gen­der stereo­types wrong.

“It doesn’t take long for them to see I’m there to work just like ev­ery­one else,” she said.

She works at one of Al­bany’s big­gest elec­tri­cal con­trac­tors and said she was not let­ting the in­dus­try’s male-dominated im­age dis­tract her.

Ms Brady first hit hur­dles just try­ing to se­cure work ex­pe­ri­ence as a woman in a male-dominated in­dus­try dur­ing her ap­pren­tice­ship, let alone a job, but said when­ever she had been of­fered chances, she had made the most of them.

She said women should not be scared by the male stigma of trades.

“It’s the best move I’ve ever made — I wish I’d done it ear­lier,” she said.

Ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian Tiana Brady.

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