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At Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies, we are proud of all of our graduates and love sharing their stories. Alicia Bowlby attended the Skilled Trades Academy last year and successfully completed the Full Gas Technician course. Here's what she had to say about her experience at the Skilled Trades Academy and being a woman working in the skilled trades industry.
What made you decide to pursue a career in the skilled trades?
"I've always been a hands on, not afraid to get dirty kind of girl. I went to a trades high school so I knew then that the trades were for me."
Why did you choose the Niagara Skilled Trades Academy?
"NSTA was able to give me the knowledge that I needed to start my career in just 17 weeks."
How quickly did you find employment after completing your license?
"I finished school on a Friday and started my job on the following Monday."
What is it like to be a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field?
"As a woman entering a male dominated field, sometimes you have to put up or shut up and prove yourself, but the males are very respectful and supportive, I find."
What advice do you have for other women thinking about pursuing a career in the skilled trades?
"Don't be afraid. Be patient. Be strong. Be confident."