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Cecil Hills High School students learn tools of the trade

Jemma Gewargis, 16, works at Bunnings and wants to get into carpentry. The Edensor Park resident has used a circle saw and drills and is planning on building something over the Christmas break.

Olivia David has built a coffee table and spice rack as part of a class at school and is interested in learning about the trades

The two were part of a group of 16 students from Cecil Hills High School who took part in the SALT (supporting and linking tradeswomen) workshop on Wednesday.

The girls learnt about how to use a range of tools and careers in the trades while building their own timber holder.

SALT founder Fi Shewring has been running the "unique" workshops across Australia since 2009. Girls learn how to safely use a range of tools including a drop saw, hand saw, hammers and impact drivers.

"Most of the young women that attend the workshops don't know they could be a tradie because most of them have never used tools at all," she said.

"So we teach them how to carefully and safely use tools and we find that most of them discover they are incredible capable of using basic tools.

"It helps women to be independent and capable on their own at the very least and enable young women to realise they can go on to do a trade. They are great careers.

"I love seeing the change from them being a bit nervous and excited to being very confident and happy and realising a whole new avenue is open to them if they choose."