Business

Lady tradies work to promote great career options for others

Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) women at conference in USA
Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) women at conference in USA

CAMILLE Agerbeek says it's all about persistence to get where you want to be in your career - especially when it comes to being a tradeswoman.

The mechanical fitter/rigger, who works in the Central Queensland coal mining industry, is showing women that working in a trade is a great option for a career.

Camille recently returned from a trip to the US where she met other women who worked in trades and were just as eager to get more women involved in this career path.

The global tradeswomen's conference had a theme of "staying in and staying strong", and provided workshops for women on issues in the building and construction industry, including how to hold presentations and even looked into how toxicity is dealt with around the world.

"Because I work in the coal mining industry I wanted to see where the US was with the issue of toxicity," Camille said.

"What I did learn from that workshop was that we are way ahead of the US when it comes to OH&S in many aspects."

Not only was Camille learning, the 46-year-old was teaching others.

TRADESWOMEN

In Australia there are just over 5000 tradeswomen

Salt (Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen) has over 1000 members including internationally

Camille and six other women from the not-for-profit organisation Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) gave a presentation on how they are encouraging women and girls to consider a career in a trade.

Over the past 24 months, SALT have held 44 workshops in 38 locations around the country, showing young girls and women everything from how to break into the industry to using tools.

"The workshops give women the opportunity to think about a trade; but we're not just teaching them basic hand-tool skills, but life skills as well," Camille said.

After explaining what SALT is achieving in Australia, Camille is hoping it'll inspire other tradeswomen worldwide to develop their own organisations.

Camille has also brainstormed with tradeswomen on how they can help other women around the world who work in building and construction.

One of the outcomes of the conference will see Camille lead a venture that will help women builders in South America and other countries in the Pacific region.

"The women in South America wear thongs and dresses when they build," Camille said.

The organisation, teamed with tradeswomen in America, is working together to donate excess work clothes and gear to the women to assist them in their own safety.

Camille, who started out as a motor mechanic apprentice 28 years ago, is eager to pass her knowledge and life experience onto others.

"I've had a lot of knockbacks in my life, but you'll always have rejection and people who think you shouldn't be there, but persistence is so important," Camille said.

"If women are looking to get into the industry, get work experience; and if you really want it, never give up."

Topics:  careers, mining, tradies




Commissioner condemns assault of Fraser Island paramedic

A paramedic escorted the woman to a room before she pulled a knife

UPDATE: 25-year-old man dies in Benaraby collision, video:

Fatal motorbike accident at Benaraby.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Its been confirmed the man who died at the scene of the crash was 25

Latest deals and offers


Your Chance to Win

A Holiday to Kingfisher Bay!
Learn More

48 HOURS ACROSS THE REGION

BOOTCAMP FUNDRAISER: Gracemere woman Nicole Parlett is fundraising this weekend to trek the Kokoda Trail in September in a bid to raise funds for Beyond Blue and tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.

What's On in CQ region this weekend

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

Wham bam, thank you TAM

Regional TAM is increasing its audience measurement services by 50%.

Regional television viewers finally getting the credit we deserve

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Iconic Denison St building sold for close to $1M

The Swan Hotel building in Denison St.

ONE of Rockhampton’s most iconic buildings has been sold

Unique Rockhampton bar hits the market

HOT PROPERTY: Cuban themed bar Chango Chango is up for sale.

Popular Rocky bar hits the market.

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd