Top apprentice proves she’s a bright sparkie

WA Apprentice of the Year Emma Stevenson has forged a career in a male-dominated industry.
WA Apprentice of the Year Emma Stevenson has forged a career in a male-dominated industry.

The 31-year-old is the first female apprentice to train with BHP Billiton Nickel West Leinster, and is working towards a qualification as an electrical tradesperson and instrument technician, while also studying at Challenger Institute of Technology as a mature-age student.

Ms Stevenson, who has already been offered a position with the underground electrical team upon finishing her apprenticeship, is now in the running to be recognised on the national stage as part of the Australian Training Awards, to be held in Perth in November.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Terry Redman said as a mature-age student, Ms Stevenson’s example would encourage anyone considering a return to study to make the step.

‘Ms Stevenson has shown herself to be a worthy winner and has completed a qualification in an industry, which traditionally does not attract a large number of women,’ he said.