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The uncertainty of entering an industry dominated by men
Brydie Milligan wanted to follow in her dad’s footsteps when she decided to become a Metal Fabricator Apprentice in 2020.
Being a young woman entering an industry dominated by men did not scare her away.
“My advice to anyone looking at a non-traditional trade is: do not be shy and not doubt yourself. It is an incredible career, and you would be surprised at what you can achieve,” she said.
But the support Brydie has received from the Make it Metal team since she started her Cert 3 in Engineering Fabrication has been crucial for her development.
“I was a bit overwhelmed at the beginning. But the boys helped me out, and I grew in confidence. I have been amazed at how much I have learnt,” she said.
No fear, no limits, no excuses
The company based in Naracoorte (SA) has counted on Mas’s support since the first meeting – when they discussed employing Brydie.
“One of our Counsellors got involved to ensure everyone was on board and that the workplace would suit her needs”, said Tarah Marygold, our Business Consultant Team Leader.
According to the owner Rick Mckenny, Brydie has been a great addition to the team.
“There is always fun banter, but she adds a different dynamic to the group. We enjoy having her as a part of the crew,” he said.
“As we all have sisters, wives, girlfriends or daughters, we respect her decision to enter a non-traditional trade and will all support her.”
Brydie has completed half of her Apprenticeship and is excited about the remaining 18 months of training.
“My skills are growing, and I am getting more confident in building them. I am looking forward to being qualified and exploring what I’ve learned,” she said.
“I know dad would have been proud of me. Mum loves it.”
Brydie’s story will no doubt inspire and encourage other women to build a successful career in the trades Industry.