What is it like to work for Newcastle MBA? Katelyn Lyddiard shares her story.

Katelyn Lyddiard is one of many female apprentices at Newcastle Master Builders Apprentices. Over the past two years that Katelyn has been employed with MBA as an apprentice Plumber she has developed excellent trade skills, problem solving techniques and the ability to work to her highest potential. She is a dependable employee who shows a real commitment and passion towards her work.


Katelyn was recently interviewed onsite with her host employer HL Mullane & Son P/L, and shared her insights into what it’s like to work with Newcastle MBA:


Q: How has Newcastle Master Builders helped you?

MBA has helped me gain more of an understanding of everything that I am eligible for as an apprentice. They organised training programs for me to build knowledge, gain experience, as well as learn new skills before I was onsite. So far I have attended my working at heights course and EWP training. MBA has helped me organise my TAFE studies and any catch ups required. Overall, they have definitely made this process a lot easier!



Q: What are a few things you have overcome throughout the two years of your apprenticeship?

I’ve overcome stigmas and stereotypes in the workplace – for example: women are not as strong, women don’t work as hard, women are afraid to get dirty. I’ve also overcome a shoulder injury, as well as some challenging chapters in TAFE.


Q: Would you recommend other females to apply for an Apprenticeship with MBA and why?

I highly recommend any female apprentices that are wanting to gain an apprenticeship to apply with MBA. MBA makes an apprenticeship so much easier as they are full of great knowledge, provide extra support systems alongside your employer/host employer and make an apprenticeship stress free. As a female I was worried walking into an apprenticeship that I would get treated different to the males, MBA has maintained a professional work environment with equal treatment across the board.


We thank Katelyn, HL Mullane & Son P/L and Newcastle MBA for sharing this story with TWA. 


Newcastle MBA looks after female apprentices, providing tailored support and advice to you as a woman starting out in a trade. To apply for an Apprenticeship today contact MBA’s friendly staff on (02) 4979 0170 or visit their website.