Apprentice awards prize winner Kayla Huggins out to show the men how it’s done

Painting apprentice Kayla Huggins at work in a house.Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d442721
Painting apprentice Kayla Huggins at work in a house.Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d442721

SOUTHERN River painting apprentice Kayla Huggins says it’s her goal to show girls are just as good as guys when it comes to painting.

Ms Huggins was named the best third year apprentice as part of the ABN Group’s apprentice Awards last month.

She learned her trade with the ABN Group as a painter at the Homebuyers Centre.

As there aren’t many girls who work alongside Ms Huggins as an apprentice, she said it was always good to stick it to the boys.

“I work with another girl but you rarely see any others,” she said.

“It’s a bit difficult sometimes being just around men who don’t understand you can do things just as well as them, if not better.

“It has been a goal of mine from the beginning to show girls are just as good as guys.”

The 20-year-old former Canning Vale College student was nominated by her training manager and then went through an interview process.

As part of winning the award, Ms Huggins received some tools to help her with her work, including a caulking gun, a multi-tool, an electronic sander and a drill set.

There was also a prize for the best first year, best second year and most improved.

Ms Huggins will finish her apprenticeship next month and will then be fully qualified.

She is hoping to stay on with the Group or start her own business.