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Naomi White

Naomi nails a career in carpentry

“It’s unexpected that I’m a builder. People can doubt you if they haven’t seen what you can do,”

Naomi White

TAFE NSW Nowra student and mother of two, Naomi White, swapped a psychology degree to strap on a tool belt and become a carpenter.

“The only time I had really felt happy walking away from a day at work, was when I’d worked with my brother building houses,” said Naomi.

Now in her second year at TAFE NSW Nowra studying a Certificate III in Carpentry, Naomi appreciates the practical nature of her study and what she’s learning. "I enjoy taking the skills I learn at TAFE NSW and applying them to what I’m doing at work on the job site," she said. "I go home physically tired, but mentally I feel great. I’m in a career I love and I have no regrets."

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What job opportunities could a carpentry or joinery course lead to?

A carpentry, joinery and furniture course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from designing and building furniture to fitting out commercial property.

Qualifications in carpentry, joinery and furniture can lead to a job as a carpenter, joiner, shop fitter, cabinetmaker or form worker. The average weekly salary for carpenters and joiners is $1,052. 

Whether you're just starting out in your carpentry, joinery and furniture career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE courses in the area include Industrial Design, Shopfitting, Cabinet Making, Carpentry and Joinery, Furniture Making, Furniture Finishing and Construction Pathways.