Tradeswoman Tamara compete in man's world

CARPENTRY is usually a man's world, but Tamara Currey, 18, is no stranger to building blocks.

Miss Currey, who will be studying at Miller TAFE, has just scored an apprenticeship with the John Holland construction firm.

It took her close to four years to get her apprenticeship and a few employers even told her she wasn't fit enough for the job.

"I was applying for jobs since I was in year 10," Miss Currey said. "It's not an easy trade for women to get into and I'm trying to make it easier."

She wants to get rid of the stigma associated with women working in trades.

"I want to help support trying to get women into trades," she said.

"I think it's a lot to do with what it used to be like, when women had no rights and men did the hard labour while women stayed at home."

A TAFE South Western Sydney Institute study found almost twice as many men as women enrolled in trades courses at Miller College.

Institute director Peter Roberts said he'd like to see a change in figures.

"The reality is that traditional trades courses remain more popular among men than women, whereas administration and business services attract more women than men," he said.

"What we'd would like to see is more women taking advantage of opportunities available in the building, construction and engineering sectors.

"Equally, we would like to see more local men gain qualifications in administration and business."

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