Interview – Tahlia

What makes a great carpenter?

Anyone can turn up to work and do their job, but to be a good chippy, you need a positive, quick thinking, can-do attitude. All apprentices start off at the same level, the bottom. Your skills will come with experience. You need to care about the outcome of your work, because at the end of the day, not only is that a representation of your work, that is someone’s home, or business. You have to enjoy a challenge, and be willing to give anything a go, because you never know what problems are going to arise, and you’ll need to think on your feet.

Who is your role model?

One of the qualified carpenters I work with. There’s never a problem that doesn’t have an answer somewhere, and he’ll work until he finds it. He cares about the quality of his work, and the work the rest of us do. He’s a great teacher to us apprentices, somehow always has enough patience to answer my daily million questions, and to have a laugh and a good time, and just an all round great friend.
And of course, like any little girl my dad is one of my hero’s. He always taught me that if your going to do a job, you give it 100%, and you try your hardest to do the best, and to be proud of the job you’re doing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Once I’m qualified I want to travel Australia, do some work as I go in some of the places that don’t have many tradies. After that I would like to have a go at some sort of management or supervisor position.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into the industry?

Talk to people. I started off by doing a pre-apprenticeship at a local TAFE. When I was ready for an apprenticeship my teachers and other mentors who I met during my pre-apprenticeship helped me find my current job.