TWA recently met up with Penny Lui, an inspiring and talented mature age plumbing apprentice:
I believe you are completing a plumbing apprenticeship at the moment, is this correct? if so, what made you decide to undertake it?
Yes, I am interested in maintenance and always wanted to be a plumber. I enjoy working with my hands and like to spend my time building or fixing things around the house. I would like to equip my plumbing knowledge and skillsets with a leading company specializing in maintenance in the field. I feel privileged I can be part of CAB Plumbing family. I started my 1st year apprenticeship in May with CAB Plumbing this year.
What words of advice would you provide to females thinking of taking up carpentry or other construction trades?
Believe in yourself, never give up chasing your dream, keep learning and equipping your skillsets and knowledge by learning from the team/company with their expertise. Most importantly finding the supports from the community group such as Trades Women Australia to share new ideas to the women who working in the field.
Great words of advice Penny for all aspiring female tradeswomen. We’d like to know a little bit more about you outside the workplace?
I am an energetic person, love teamwork and believe in using your strengths in life. In my previous job, I had chance to manage stocks and resolve operational issues from the warehouse. I realised I am capable handle physical work, and I always seemed to work better and happier being able to work with my hands. On the other hand, I started looking up on Youtube to learn about plumbing maintenance and did some fixing at home, sooner or later it becomes one of my hobbies even though I failed sometimes and created more issues. When I saw the free Tafe advertisement on TV last year, I was so excited. So, I did the pre-apprenticeship course in Plumbing early this year, and I am please to join CAB plumbing as my mentor to continuous my trade journey.
Penny’s team at CAB Plumbing were also eager to add a few words about Penny
Penny is a matured aged apprentice who began her journey with us May 2020. Penny’s experience with the SES, already holding working at heights training and safety construction induction card, and a near completed pre-apprenticeship, with a real sense of achievement when giving us details on conquering domestic irrigation installation issues at home by researching, diagnosing and repairing when we first met, impressed us. We were encouraged by Penny’s self-motivated learning and keen interest in the plumbing industry. Penny is an absolute pleasure to work with and we are pleased to see her equally enjoy and grow towards achieving her goal of becoming a qualified plumber.
TWA are really impressed by the skills, talents and dedication shown by Penny. We are also encouraged by the strong support and pride her Employer has for Penny and her work.
If this story has encouraged and inspired you to join Penny, and many other plumbing tradeswomen, as an apprentice, please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will ensure we put you in touch with our industry contacts to start your new career journey.