With under 3% of tradespeople in the country being female and an even less number of women apprentices, especially here on the North West Coast, we made our first step toward bridging gender equality and diversity in the Tasmanian trade workplace.
Last year we knew it was time for change and after 55 years of business, we welcomed and employed our first-ever female apprentice Kayla, who approached us for a plumbing apprenticeship having taken an interest in the trade from working at Bunnings.
“I wanted to advance my skills and challenge myself in new areas”.
Originally from Perth W.A, Kayla now lives in Burnie with her family and has also found another new home here at Kiely, where she has become an integral part of the team and a real asset to the company. She is a real go-getter and isn’t afraid to give it a go. As our business grows we look forward to employing more female apprentices and creating opportunities for young women to pursue their careers in trades.
“Working amongst the guys is great fun, it’s certainly an eye-opener, I like to push them out of the way and force my hand at new tasks”.
The Zac attack.
Over our 55 years of business we have provided over 80 apprenticeships preparing young people a pathway into the trade in our community.
We currently have 10 young apprentices working with us, and none more enthusiastic than 19 yo Zac in his third year who joined the Kiely family in August 2020 leaving behind his family home in Launceston to pursue his ambition of learning a trade in plumbing.
Zac has quickly found his feet in the plumbing game and is continually achieving great results. Our clients say he’s “friendly and professional” and our team says, “he fits in well and gives as much banter as he gets.”
He’s speed of operation is what stood out the most to us, we remember the first few days on the job when he was working on a commercial site in Ulverstone and the tradesperson would ask him for a shovel and he would run from one side of the worksite to the other, get the shovel and run back, achieving record speed.
Participating in an apprenticeship takes commitment and character and not only provides knowledge of the trade but offers wonderful life lessons for young eager people willing to dig in just like Zac. We think he has a great future ahead of him.
“You never know what you’re going to get, each day is different and that’s what I love about being an apprentice plumber”. – Zac
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