Kia full of spark in lead up to WorldSkills
Friday, 17 August 2012
Central Queensland Institute of TAFE trained electrician Kia Garthwaite is not daunted by the fact that she will be one of the few female tradies at this year's national WorldSkills competition.
Kia, who works for the Gladstone Ports Corporation as a third year electrician, is one of 10 Central Queensland TAFE trained students that will compete in WorldSkills at Sydney's Olympic Park from August 30 to September 1.
"I am excited and nervous as it gets closer," Kia said.
"I have been going through training and practice at work, but the training I received at Central Queensland TAFE also put me in good stead.
"It is good that I remember the theory I learned."
Kia said she believed the competition would revolve around domestic installation.
"I will have to wire up a switchboard, a control board and do a speed challenge," she said.
Kia said while she was not really sure what drove her to become an electrician, she knew early on that she wanted to complete a trade.
"I knew I did not want to be an office girl, so in school I did work experience at an electrician's and loved it," she said.
"Yeah, there are not many female tradies, but more are coming into the field."