Stefanie is a multi-skilled tradeswomen advocate. Setting up a network called Tradie Lady Club on Facebook, she is a role model for many tradeswomen throughout Victoria in supporting other females in trades. Read about Stefanie’s reasons for getting into carpentry, her social media engagement as well as her advice below:
Why Stefanie chose Carpentry?
Stef started her trade at 22. She was very close to her father who is a Licenced Domestic Builder and has his own business. Growing up Stef went to a lot of worksites and was around the tools of the trade very young. Being on-site was something she really enjoyed so, why not pursue a career in carpentry. Stef’s time in the trade has been widely diverse working on six-story apartments and small renovations on residential houses.
Stefanie’s Career goals
After completing her apprenticeship Stefanie obtained a Diploma in Building and Construction. Her goal is to apply for her builder’s licence. To gain experience Stefanie is working as a builders assistant and is running worksites and managing trades to complete builds for clients across Melbourne.
Stefanie’s Social Media engagement
Stef started sharing her trade journey on Instagram and quickly obtained a large following of people who are supportive of the work she does. Many of the followers supporting Stef’s journey come from trade, mostly women working in trades and they started reaching out. Stef realised there is a need, and an opportunity to support women through their trade journey so she started a network called Tradie Lady Club. The Club organises regular meets for women in trade to get together and support each other. You can purchase some Tradie Lady Club merchandise and wear it to show that you support women in trades. Stef hopes that more people will see the brand around and be encouraged to take up an apprenticeship and be a Tradie Lady.
Stefanie’s advice for women entering a trade
“It doesn’t matter what skills you have or qualifications, we are all as good as each other, and if you’re a boy or a girl it shouldn’t matter