11:11 AM, 11 May 2019

Olivia chose to pursue a career in the Electrical industry after spending many hours learning the basic principles of the ‘do’s and dont's of being a sparky as a child growing up’ with a father who has been a sparky for over 20 years.

She saw an opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Electro-technology Electrician offered through GTNT’s Power Careers Program and took the chance to change jobs. She wanted to put the little knowledge she had towards something that’s ‘destined to be something much greater’.

The Power Careers Program is an innovative program provided by GTNT, in partnership with the Northern Territory Government Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, with the formal training being provided by Charles Darwin University. Olivia is now working with Combined Electrical and enjoys working with the team.

She states that she loves the practical component of the job and says,

“We do a bit of everything, they teach me a lot and make it fun. Don’t limit yourself, do what you love. No matter how stressful it can be, it is so rewarding at the end of the day”.

What do you enjoy most about your Apprenticeship?
I enjoy learning all the many things that come with being a sparky, always being able to get up in the morning and going to work knowing I'll be able to learn something new and broaden my knowledge. Having my brain constantly going, and just being able to get out there, and push myself to be better.

During your Apprenticeship, have you faced any challenges or celebrated any successes?
For myself personally, I have come across many of challenges, from struggling to get the concept of something, to understanding the theoretical component of trade school. No matter how hard, I know that I’ll push myself to be able to do everything, and that is why I celebrate every day as a success.

“I know that I can do it, and nothing is better than believing in yourself”.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I see myself as a qualified sparky, and having commenced my second trade - refrigeration and air-conditioning. My father hopes that one day I will move back to NSW and join his business and work alongside with him.

Outside of work, what’s your involvement within the community?
For the last five years now, I have been a part of the Litchfield bears rugby league club. Moving from under 17s, to playing both 17s and women's in 2018. I hope to play for the women's side this year. I'm strongly passionate about my rugby and have never been more in love with a sport, or a club like Litchfield.