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When the odds are against you, what do you do?
Amber Tiller had to fight against gender bias to follow her dream career in a rural town in Victoria.
She had to endure a number of rejections from various employers whom would only employ women to work in the office, instead of on-the-ground as Mechanics. This did not discourage Amber, but instead motivated her, and was soon hired by Brandts as a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Apprentice.
Amber lives in Hamilton (VIC) approximately 300km south-west of Melbourne, where she grew up helping her Pop in the family business.
“Working with Pop and watching him strip down machinery and rebuild it gave me a passion and the love for all-things mechanics. I enjoyed spending time with him, working outdoors, and how things connected and got repaired,” she said.
Breaking down gender bias and shaping the trades industry
Amber is glad she found an employer who is eager to open many more doors for women in trades.
“Although it took me a while to find a willing employer, I am glad I waited for the right one. I have a lot of support around me, and always feel a part of the team,” Amber said.
Sam Brown, Brandts’ Site Manager, can already see the positive impacts of welcoming Amber onboard.
“We love having Amber in our team. She brings a whole new level of dynamics to the group. We would love to encourage more women to enter the industry.”
Amber continues to give her support to other women trying to enter the sector.
“I would encourage any young woman looking to take on an Apprenticeship to follow their dream and keep trying, because the right opportunity will come along. Don’t give up! It is absolutely worth it.”