A female metal
fabrication and welding student is quietly showing her male
classmates that woman can be just as competent in traditionally
male-dominated trades as men.
Jessica Chironna, 19, is one of just two women in her class at
Mount Druitt TAFE, but she is happy to be following her dream and
studying in a trade that will lead to meaningful employment.
"You'd probably get more money out of the dole but you're not
going to go anywhere in life," she said to the Daily Telegraph.
"Eventually I want my own workshop, to build things."
Jessica's interest in metalwork started when she was still in high
school making jewellery. After three months of applying for
apprenticeships she landed a job with IAC Accoustics.
As a WorldSkills Australia finalist, Jessica is certainly proving her
mettle in a trade that often has physically demanding working
conditions such as heat and confinement. She already has her sights
set on representing Australia at the WorldSkills finals.