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Burraneer local and TAFE NSW Gymea student Scarlett Money is encouraging others to consider a rewarding career in electrotechnology as figures reveal a high demand for skilled tradespeople across NSW.

Scarlett is studying a Certificate III in Electrotechnology and has secured a job as an apprentice electrician with Defence Electrical, where she helps refurbish office spaces in Australian Defence Bases.

With only 2% of electricians in Australia being female[1], Scarlett said being a woman in a male-dominated industry has had its challenges, but she has a fierce drive to succeed, and her teachers have offered her every support.

“I was previously studying graphic design before I decided to challenge myself and pursue a trade,” Scarlett said.

“I would encourage other women to take up the trade. Even though you may stand out, you will fit in, especially if it makes you happy.

“The support from my TAFE NSW teachers and employer has been great. There is a lot of problem-solving in electrical, so I am enjoying learning more as my apprenticeship continues.”

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Electrical Trades Robert Russell said multiple construction and infrastructure projects in the pipeline to drive a ‘tradie-led’ COVID-19 recovery meant the demand for “sparkies” was surging.

“It’s such an exciting time to be an electrician and it’s a gateway to a lucrative career where you can work anywhere in the world,” Mr Russell said.

“It’s common for a qualified electrician to be earning six figures.

“It’s an industry where you can get almost guaranteed employment and I have businesses ringing me regularly asking if I know of a good apprentice or qualified electrician.”

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Media contact: Kellie Dillon, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist,, 0408 006 866.