Samantha (Sam) Bradley

Trades Tech graduate and engineering student Sam Bradley

A former student of Otumoetai College, Sam Bradley is a focused 22 year old with her career plan firmly in place.

Sam left her training as a computer hardware support technician to tackle a career path that has traditionally been male dominated. Sam admits it was one of her girlfriends that fired her up with a flippant comment ”girls don’t do trades”. This motivated her to sign up for the Certificate in Trades Technology Level 2 programme.

This 18 week programme gives students a taste for engineering, automotive and carpentry, and is great for people looking for a hands-on career but have not yet decided which trade to pursue.

“I’m a practical person and this was right down my alley. It exposed me to different options and my tutors were great,” says Sam.

Highlights of the programme for Sam were the practical sessions and projects.

“In carpentry we built tool sheds, in automotive we fixed engines, and we were able to bend metal in engineering. I loved it all!”.

After graduating Sam confesses she loves to boast about her newfound knowledge. “I can identify most items or tools in workshops.”

Having decided that engineering was her forte, Sam has graduated with the Certificate in Engineering Level 3 programme and is now enrolled in the NZ Diploma in Engineering Level 6.

This determined young woman is breaking the gender stereotypes and looks forward to turning her new found passion for engineering into a lucrative career! 

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012