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Amanda can share her experiences of working in the building and construction industry and has a current working with children’s certificate. From not knowing her post-school career pathway, to a conversation with a friend, Amanda undertook an electrical apprenticeship with Peer in Adelaide, and has never looked back.

Amanda can speak about the Building and Construction industry, has a current working with Children’s Certicare and is available to speak in person.

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As a kid I also loved spending time with Dad in the shed, helping him to build and repair timber projects. At the time I had no idea there was a career pathway I could get in to, and was certainly never encouraged to research those opportunities, because the focus at home and school was all university driven. After lacking direction when I left high school and a year at university, I travelled Australia working in hospitality hoping to find some inspiration along the way to discover a career pathway for me. My boyfriend was a chef, and the idea of the hands-on learning approach really appealed to me.

I had a conversation with a female friend in Darwin who told me she wanted to learn a trade in construction. This instantly sparked an interest in me, and I began to research all the opportunities and avenues on offer within the building and construction industry. I eventually decided to start an electrical apprenticeship with Plumbing Electrical Engineering and Refrigeration (PEER) in Adelaide, and never looked back.

My confidence began to grow on and off the tools, as I had finally found my purpose in life, and I gained valuable skills which will be with me for life. I’ve loved being a tradie for 18 years, specialising in the telecommunications industry, and have used my qualification to travel the all across Australia, working on major developments such as the new RAH, RAAF bases, Army barracks, sporting complexes such as Adelaide Oval and Bellerive Oval in Tassie, MANY schools, universities, law courts, airports, hotels, shopping complexes, passenger ferries, fishing boats, government buildings, and a haunted derelict building in Hobart!

I’m now employed at Master Builders SA delivering the Born to Build program, aimed at addressing skills shortages in the building and construction industry. I’m excited to now be able to educate and empower school students to realise their potential, and to encourage them to explore the many possibilities and career pathways in the building and construction industry.

You can’t be what you can’t see, and I believe the Born to Build program enables school students the opportunity to explore all avenues in building and construction, and to kick start their career while at school by starting a school-based apprenticeship. The industry is booming, and the possibilities are endless. If this is an industry which appeals to you, the opportunity is there for the taking!