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Nicole O’Keefe

Nicole O’Keefe
Apprentice Electrician
Category Nomination Outstanding Operator/Technician/Tradeswoman

Nicole is due to complete her electrical apprenticeship early this year at 33 years of age. She started her career in mining eleven years ago as HR officer. Upon deciding to switch professions, Nicole took a 55% pay reduction to commence an apprenticeship.  Her decision to change careers was often challenged and being in a classroom with school-aged students built resilience.  Through hard work and dedication, Nicole earnt the respect of fellow students and work colleagues and has excelled in her apprenticeship. She has pursued transfers and secondments throughout her apprenticeship to gain a well-rounded understanding of electrical equipment. Nicole volunteers in the role of Board Chair for the not-for-profit organisation, TradeUP Australia, which aims to encourage women and girls to consider non-traditional trades as a career option.  Nicole coordinates female volunteers to represent their trades at schools and other events, and is a frequent speaker herself.