A TAFE NSW student is throwing stereotypes out the window as she forges a career in a lesser known, male-dominated industry. Bankstown local Suseni Kuli, 19, is half way through a Certificate III in Glass and Glazing at TAFE NSW and is already making her mark in the industry as an apprentice for Alexandria Glass.
TAFE NSW, the only registered training organization in NSW to offer the course, has customised her training around her employment commitments.
There are expected to be more than 6,000 job openings for glaziers across the state over the next five years, which is why Suseni chose to pursue a career as a glazier.
“I started my apprenticeship within weeks of finishing high school and haven’t looked back since,” Suseni said.
“Although it is a male dominated trade, I thrive in the environment because I’m learning alongside those that have worked in the industry for decades and I encourage other women to consider working in a highly-skilled trade like this.
“It’s about breaking down stereotypes and seeing the trade for its job prospects, rather than being put off by the fact that it is dominated by males.”
Mark Thornton, owner of Alexandria Glass and AGWA member, said glass and glazing businesses are crying out for skilled workers.
“We are definitely seeing a deficit of skilled workers in the glass and glazing industry, which is why we are keen to take on apprentices like Suseni who is passionate about the industry and ready to apply the hands on skills she is learning at TAFE NSW,” he said.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher [OF WHAT] Mark Nicholls and former executive committee member of the NSW Glass and Glazing Association, said he has observed an increasing amount of women entering the industry.
“TAFE NSW glass and glazing students are equipped with the practical, hands-on skills they need to perform a range of glazing jobs, including safely manufacturing, processing, moving and installing various types of glass,” Mr Nicholls said.
“Employment opportunities and learning skills in niche trade areas, such as glass and glazing, are highly sought after, especially by people who know that a university degree isn’t for them.
To enrol or enquire about the Glass and Glazing courses on offer at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensw.edu.au, or call 131 601.
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