BRIGHT FUTURE: Courtney Fisher and Shannen MacDonnell from O&G; Joinery say there are plenty of opportunities for women wanting a career in construction.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Courtney Fisher and Shannen MacDonnell from O&G; Joinery say there are plenty of opportunities for women wanting a career in construction. Stephanie Kay

Roma women take on the tools with great success

SHANNEN MacDonnell has been asked if she was in the right area at Tafe but for the female apprentice cabinet maker, there's no other job for her.

Shannen said while she got some curious looks from her male Tafe classmates, she had wanted to do a trade since studying woodwork in school.

"You should go for it, if you want it," she said.

Fellow cabinet maker Courtney Fisher said while men often favoured women in construction - with many always happy to lend a hand - they were usually surprised to see them.

"You go out on the job site and they all look at you thinking 'what are you doing here?'," she said.

The duo work at Roma's O&G Joinery, which has a reputation for hiring female tradies.

The tradeswomen make everything from flat pack cabinets to custom made kitchens and bathrooms and robes.

Courtney said the best thing about her trade was the knowledge and the skills she had learnt.

"It's an endless opportunity, I've recently bought my first house and can fit it out myself," she said.

The young tradie said some women are put off by the physical nature of the job, but there was nothing stopping those with dreams of working in construction.

"The females do it just as good as the males, if not better," she said.

Nominations for the National Association of Women in Construction Crystal Vision awards close on Friday.

The awards recognise inspirational women who play a crucial role in what is a traditionally male-dominated industry.

NAWIC Queensland President Marnie Beckett said the awards allowed individuals and companies to shine a spotlight on the women in their industry and hopefully encourage more women to consider a career in construction.

"The Crystal Vision Awards provide the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements and industry advancements of Queensland women and reward their enthusiasm, skills and commitment," she said.

To nominate visit http://www.nawic.com.au.


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