Lucinda Shilcock

2022 NSW Training Awards Apprentice of the Year for Hunter and Central Coast Region

2022 NSW Training Awards Speciality Industry Award for Women in Trades

Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician

Thanks to Lucinda’s tenacity and the visual, hands-on learning style that VET provided, Lucinda excelled throughout her apprenticeship and is proud to say she’s now a qualified electrician.

I am a determined and educated woman with a fierce drive to succeed, and I am proud to say I am an electrician.

Lucinda's biography

Undertaking her Certificate III in Electrotechnology, Lucinda knew that despite her enthusiasm she would have to grapple with a learning difficulty that had plagued her throughout her secondary schooling.

“Armed with the maths skills of a year 5 equivalent and very few literacy skills, I enrolled in TAFE NSW where I learnt to read and write, which led me to my apprenticeship.”

Through commitment, hard-work and the visual, hands-on learning approach TAFE provided Lucinda, she began to thrive as an apprentice.

“In my first electrical apprenticeship year I went through many hours of personal tutoring to catch up my maths skills. Combined with incredible support from my teacher I am now achieving high scores in exams.”

During her apprenticeship, Lucinda has had the benefit of working alongside expert tradespeople with her employer, GBE group, who she praises for giving women a chance to succeed in a non-traditional trade. 

“From the start I have been lucky enough to be exposed to practical electrical work and fellow tradesmen putting in the time to make me a great electrician, instead of just having me on a broom.” 

A proud Indigenous woman, Lucinda is also a passionate advocate for Aboriginal students.

“A proud Guringai woman of the Eora nation with mob from the Hawkesbury region, I am an ambassador for the Indigenous people and women everywhere working towards becoming an electrician.”

Now a qualified electrician, Lucinda couldn’t be prouder of overcoming personal trauma and a learning difficulty to succeed in her chosen career.

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