Candace Spence is a former carpentry apprentice, who now works as a service coordinator for a plumbing company. Candace completed training through Master Builders NSW ACT, and has since participated in panel discussions as an ambassador for women in trades. We spoke with Candace about some of the challenges she faced during her apprenticeship, and how attitudes in the industry are changing. During high school, Candace was the only female in her woodworking class. This was no obstacle for her though, as she finished 3rd overall in her assessments. The most satisfying part of the job for Candace is seeing projects through, from start to finish.
“What really drew me to carpentry in the first place is being able to build something and see the end product and be very proud of my work.”
When asked about the attitudes towards women in the construction industry, Candace believes that things are beginning to change.
“With more and more women in the trade area, the attitudes towards that are going to change dramatically,” she explains.
“It’s going to change, and it’s going to come in a huge wave!”
Megan, Chrissy, and Candace are just a few of the many inspiring and trailblazing women in trades. As we work towards greater diversity in the workforce it is important to always remember that for young women, a career in construction and trades is as viable as any. AATIS would like to thank Master Painters NSW ACT, Bear Designs, Master Builders NSW ACT and the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum for facilitating these conversations.