Female apprentice of the year wants more women in trades

Queensland’s school-based apprentice of the year winner says she is happy to break out of stereotypical gender roles.

Gemma Hartwig, an apprentice diesel fitter with Ostwald Bros, won the mantle at the Queensland Training Awards.

Hartwig is completing a Certificate 3 in Engineering (Diesel Fitting) while finishing her final year at Our Lady of the Southern Cross College in Dalby.

Hartiwg said that being a female in a male-dominated sector has not been an issue, The Chronicle reported.

"I'm a big advocate for women doing anything; we're different but we're equal,” she said.

"Since working with Ostwald Bros they've made no concessions for my gender and I like that."

Hartwig said she tries to encourage other young women to consider undertaking an apprenticeship.

"I'm passionate about my work; I love talking about it.

"I enjoy the fact that I'm breaking out of stereotypical gender roles and tackling something different.

"I'm really happy that I've won. I want to excel; I want to be an advocate for women working in this field."

Ostwald Bros Group plant manager Brian Ostwald said Hartwig had demonstrated a high-level of commitment towards all her responsibilities.

"She works well independently and has displayed great persistence when problem solving and working through complex tasks," he said.

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