Zillah Thorn

SALT APPRENTICE TRADESWOMAN

TRADE: SHOPFITTER

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Age you entered trade and how – I entered at age 22. I did a training course with fusion training after which I did a few weeks of work experience I got offered a job as a shopfitter.

What attracted you to your trade – After studying at university for a few years I decided a desk job wasn’t for me. I did a course at Fusion training solutions that was a trades taster and enjoyed the more physical aspects of trades. I enjoy working with my hands and the practical nature of a trade.

What challenges did you face – Honestly I do not feel like I had many challenges getting into the trade. I did some work experience and then was given a job.

What kept you going? The satisfaction of completing jobs and seeing projects installed and completed. The company I am in, PKJ, do a lot of really amazing and intricate joinery.

What makes you really proud – Completing a difficult task well. Seeing something go from a plan  to a physical function object. Knowing that you created something with your own hands.

What do you believe are the benefits of working in a trade as opposed to more traditional employment – It keeps you fit. My house has benefited from skilled hands. Trades adapt and change rapidly to changes in technology and consumer needs so you are always learning new things. You rarely do the exact same thing twice.

What do you love most about your trade –  The thing I love most about shop fitting is being able to do my own home improvements and make my own furniture.

What triumphs have you had – Getting the job was a triumph for me. Other triumphs include all the home improvements I have done and excelling at tafe.

What do you do in your spare time – Dabble in woodworking, drawing and computer games. Play with my dog and garden.

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