August 10, 2017
by Kaitlyn Estens
Georgia Hunt is helping light the way for future female “tradies”, having recently completed her electrician’s apprenticeship under the watchful eye of her employer (and father), David Hunt.
“I have always been interested in doing something outside the norm, something with my hands,” Georgia said.
“After dad didn’t take me seriously during school that I waned to leave, a series of events led me back to Coona and gave me the opportunity to prove myself.”
Typically, each apprenticeship has a three month trial. For Georgia, her father imposed a six month probation period.
“It has been tough working for my dad, as I think the expectation is so much higher,” she said.
“People think you would get away with more, but dad is a very hard task master.
“Dad is the neatest, most particular tradesman I have ever come across, and I believe what gives me an edge is working and learning from someone with so much knowledge and pride in their work.
“I am so lucky though, dad and I have an incredibly unique relationship and we have worked out, after a few years, how to separate work and home.”
The four-year electrician’s apprenticeship requires three years of study, which Georgia completed in block release - three days every three weeks.
It also involves reaching a quota of “on-the-job” hours and having skills signed off by the employer.
Georgia will soon receive a Certificate IV in Electrotechnology, allowing her to apply for an electrical licence.
“TAFE just touches base on principles of the trade - it’s a massive subject with a huge variety of fields,” she said.
“It is the biggest relief to have finished, but also nerve-wracking, as every tradie will tell you that the real learning is over the next 10 years.
“There is just too much to learn!”
While Georgia credits meeting new people as the best part of the job, she admits that she has struggled with self-doubt.
“Sometimes I think I’m not good enough or don’t know enough.
“But the success I feel when I complete a job makes me stronger each time.”
Despite working in a male-dominated industry, Georgia has taken the dog poo, dirt and spider webs all in her stride.
“Coona has been so supportive - Dad did check with a few local tradies about how they would feel with a female on site, and not one person hesitated.
“I have done just as much learning from other local electricians and builders as I have from dad, and I am very lucky they have been supportive.
“Even the boys at TAFE have been supportive and I have become really good friends with them all.”
Georgia said she would encourage other young women to pursue technical trades, however, she had some advice.
“Don’t expect it to be easy and don’t demand equality.
“You’re breaking a mould that is extremely old. You being there is amazing!
“Prove that those little things that make the job harder don’t worry you.
“No toilet, hang on. Too heavy, try harder or ask for a hand. Practice, research, find something you’re good at and excel - once you have it mastered start on another thing to excel at.
“When you start to doubt your ability, you will become confident knowing you excel at something else, so you one day will excel at that task.
“It takes time, strength and a hell of a lot of hidden emotion, which is something I am only just mastering.”
Coonabarabran’s Georgia Hunt has recently completed her electrician’s apprenticeship, under the tutelage of her father and task master, David Hunt.
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