• Kerry Simper

Multi-talented Tradie & CQuni Student Rebecca signs on as apprentice electrician with Gladstone Firm

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

She’s worked as a farmhand, a boilermaker, a yoga instructor and even has a Masters in Rehabilitation, but now CQUni student Rebecca Manley is taking on an electrical apprenticeship with Trade Wins Electrical & Handyman in Gladstone.

CCQUni Electrotechnology Electrician student Rebecca Manley (left) recently signed on as an apprentice with Kerry Simper's (centre) Trade Wins firm in Gladstone. CQUni Vocational Industry Officer Sarah Pines (right) was also present for the signing.

Of the dozens of jobs Rebecca has held, she said she’s most excited about the apprenticeship with Trade Wins.

As part of her apprenticeship, Rebecca will complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician with CQUniversity.

“I just love to learn,” she said.

“My dad was a tradie and I always looked up to him and wanted to follow in his footsteps.

“I feel very lucky to have an apprenticeship with Trade Wins. Not only is (the owner) Kerry Simper an amazing electrician, he also has his Master of Maintenance Management, which is easily noticeable in his work and the way he teaches.

“I love the vast array of work we do and the people we meet on the job – I feel like I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for.”

Rebecca’s most recent employment was as a rehabilitation trainer with a local physiotherapy practice, but she is looking forward to getting back into a trade and seeing where it takes her.

“I never really thought about being an electrician but now I could not imagine doing anything else,” she said.

“I hope to one day sit my Master of Electrical.”

Mr Simper said Rebecca’s apprenticeship application stood out above all the others.

“Not only was Rebecca dedicated and disciplined in her previous role, she was smiling and genuinely enthusiastic to learn, thought outside the box and was quick to solve problems on the go – she had exactly the traits I was looking for,” he said.

He said his company would benefit from having a successful tradeswoman like Rebecca as part of his team and he hoped it would encourage other young women to consider taking up a trade.

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