Where are they now – Emma Stevenson: a role model for women in trades

In 2013 Emma Stevenson won the WA Apprentice of the Year. As a mature aged apprentice, Emma completed Certificate III Engineering – Electrical and Certificate IV Engineering – Instrumentation working with Chevron.

Emma Stevenson 4 (credit Challenger).

“It was very surreal to be winning an award for my training pathway. I think all apprentices doubt themselves a lot throughout their training, so it was great to have such recognition,” Emma said. “It’s really great to have apprenticeships celebrated in this way as it is a hard commitment to make and is often under-valued, even though it can lead to really interesting careers.”

For Emma, the way she was seen within her industry changed dramatically following her award win and provided her with a platform to encourage other women to get into trades and the mining industry.

“Winning the award opened up many opportunities for me to be an ambassador for apprenticeships and also for females in trades. I got to speak at schools, training forums and to training councils, as well as compete in the 2013 Australian Training Awards. These opportunities pushed me out of my comfort zone in terms of public speaking but it was invaluable for my professional development.”

In 2014 Emma was also awarded the CME Women in Mining ‘Outstanding Operator/Tradesperson of the Year’ and represented WA at the national Women in Mining Convention.

“I am also a volunteer with Trade Up Australia, a not-for-profit group supporting female tradespeople and encouraging young females to consider careers as tradespeople.”

Emma has now moved on from her role as an Electrical Instrumentation Technician and works as a Production Technician on the Wheatstone LNG project.

“The Wheatstone LNG Project is the largest scale project I have ever seen, it is exciting to be a part of and I wish everyone could see it. It is such a good project for WA in terms of providing jobs during construction and unique careers in resources when producing. I’m hoping it provides a pathway for apprentices and trainees for decades to come.”

Emma’s advice to young women looking at careers in mining and trades industries is to give it a go.

“Don’t be put off by the opinions of others in terms of your suitability, it takes all kinds of people to be a part of a successful team and you won’t know if you don’t try it for yourself. You will learn to adapt to challenges and often times the things that challenge you the most give you a chance to make improvements that benefit everyone.”

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Why apply for a WA Training Award?

The WA Training Awards are your chance to put yourself or your organisation in the spotlight and be recognised for your skills or your contribution to the training sector. The Awards provide the chance to celebrate your training successes and compete against your peers, whether they be individuals or organisations.

5 great benefits for individuals

  1. $5000 from your category sponsor to help kick start your career or further your training.
  2. Recognition from your peers as the best in the State!
  3. Opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in Hobart in November (does not include WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Training Award)
  4. Networking with other high achievers and potential employers at a State and National level.
  5. Employers will value your dedication and achievement.
Taylor Wood, WA School Based Apprentice of the Year 2014

Taylor Wood, WA School Based Apprentice of the Year 2014 and Runner Up Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year 2014

 

“Entering the WA training awards was never about winning to me, it was about taking the opportunity to show students in the VET system that it is our time to shine.”

 

 

Gino Auriemma, WA Vocational Student of the Year 2014

Gino Auriemma, WA Vocational Student of the Year 2014

 

 

 

“Winning the WA Training Award has has led to new opportunities for me and my family run building company. You’ll never know how worthy your efforts are unless you enter.”

 

 

5 great benefits for organisations

  1. A prize to the value of $8000 from your category sponsor.
  2. Recognition from your peers as the best in the State!
  3. Opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in Hobart in November (eligible categories only).
  4. Publicity and promotional opportunities for your organisation.
  5. Increased profile to potential students/apprentices/trainees/employees.
NECA College of Electrical Training, WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2014

NECA College of Electrical Training, WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2014

 

 

“The win reaffirmed my belief that the professionalism, dedication and commitment of the CET staff is second to none. The application process afforded us the opportunity to reassess how we operate and provided opportunity to improve.”

 

 

 

Central Institute of Technology, WA and Australian International Training Provider of the Year 2014

Central Institute of Technology, WA and Australian International Training Provider of the Year 2014

 

“Students look for prestige in a training provider so having the training award logo attached to your marketing material is a huge advantage. For our staff, the win is particularly rewarding because it recognises their dedication and skill in what can be a difficult job. More broadly the win endorses Central’s strategic approach to the expansion of ourinternational business.”

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2015 are now open. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the State’s best, put yourself in the spotlight and you could be reaping these benefits and many more!

Head to our website and apply today!