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Chloe Stapleton is unlocking gender sterotypes within the locksmith industry by completing her apprenticeship at TAFE NSW and keeping her family business in Orange alive for another generation.
Only 4% of locksmiths are female compared to the average of 48% across all sectors.
Chloe said, “I initially had a job working in hardware retail selling mining equipment but when dad asked me to help out with our family locksmith business, Canobolas Locksmiths, I jumped at the chance.
“TAFE NSW Ultimo is the only place in New South Wales where you can train as an apprentice locksmith, so I made the decision to enrol.”
TAFE NSW Head Teacher in Locksmithing, Mark Wilson, said that locksmithing was a a great career option for those who like the idea of working for themselves.
“Starting up a business as a locksmith is relatively low cost, and a great option for people who would like to own their own business.”
“We also offer a pre-employment program designed for people to equip people with the practical skills they need to pursue entry-level employment in the locksmithing industry.”
Locksmith businesses range from mobile locksmiths working from a van to companies with a retail shop, workshops and road service vehicles.
TAFE NSW students learn how to work with traditional mechanical lock and key systems, and electronics and computer systems for cars, homes and businesses.
For now, Chloe is continuing her studies, travelling from Orange to Ultimo six times a year to perfect and hone her skills.
“I love working as a locksmith as every day is different. I have the opportunity to meet new people every day and tackle whatever challenges come my way,’ she said.
“The hands-on teaching style at TAFE NSW is second to none and means I am equipped to deal with complex locksmithing challenges with ease.”
To find out more about studying locksmithing at TAFE NSW visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
Media contact: Alice Dalley, TAFE NSW Media and Communications Business Partner, firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile 0402 528 210.