Aimee is a passionate and driven VCAL painting apprentice. She’s just started out on her trade journey through Droin Secondary College and Head Start’s Inner Gippsland Cluster team, and is currently completing Year 12 VCAL combined with a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.
There were a few trade options that you were deciding on, what made you go with painting?
I was interested in this field because I enjoy painting. I wanted to work on different job sites. It was also appealing that each job site is in a different work location.
Tell us about a typical day on site
I start work at 7.30am onsite. When I arrive, I get instructions about what jobs I need to complete and when. I am usually sanding the skirts, arcs and window seals to prepare them for the undercoats. We stop for smoko at 10am and lunch at 1.00pm. After lunch I am usually preparing more surfaces and gapping any holes or cracks. Depending on the weather, we will paint outside in the afternoon to allow the painting or undercoating to be done inside. Finish time is 4.00pm.
Above: Aimee on site
What are your long term career goals?
Once I’m qualified I see myself working in the industry for a while. I would like to upskill in exterior painting. I could see myself one day having my own small business.
Have you any words of wisdom you’d like to share with women who might be considering taking up a school based apprenticeship in painting?
When you first start be prepared that you will do a lot of cleaning and sanding as the new apprentice. If your body is not used to the work, you may get a sore back and neck. If you are committed and ask more questions, you will get more variety of jobs.
We thank Aimee and Head Start for their time in preparing and sharing this information with us, and we can’t wait to see Aimee’s career flourish well into the future.
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