ELLEY Reabel says a career as a plumber is not as "yuck" as it sounds.
The 17-year-old is one year into an apprenticeship with her uncle's business and is already dreaming of working on water pipelines in the Top End of Australia.
"I just hated school, I didn't like anything in class, but I'd always liked working with my dad on car engines," Elley said.
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"When my uncle found out that I wanted to leave school, he offered me an apprenticeship with his business. At first I said, 'No, that's yuck', so he asked me to do a two-week trial with him - and I loved it."
Elley said she liked working with the different plumbing tools and the complexity of the job.
"It's not as scary as you make it out in your head," she said.
Elley is now undertaking training at CQUniversity Rockhampton City campus as part of her apprenticeship with Steven Crane's Plumbing.
"The facilities are really nice and even though I was scared about coming here and being singled out, the teachers and all the boys have been really nice too," she said.
"In four years when I finish my apprenticeship, I hope to work on a property out west, or in the Northern Territory.
"Moving water for cattle around such a big area would be such a massive job and a real challenge," Elley said.