Female trade apprentices are breaking the mould in the Darling Downs, with a woman taking out the coveted title of local Apprentice of the Year for the second year running.
Local plumber, Chelsea Hayward was awarded the prestigious Apprentice of the Year title at the Queensland Master Builders’ Housing and Construction Awards last month.
It is the second year in a row that the honour has gone to a local female winner – last year’s Darling Downs and Western Apprentice of the Year was third-year carpentry apprentice, Ashley Walker.
The Apprentice of the Year award is presented by the Downs and Western branch of the Queensland Master Builders Association, with the winner advancing to the state finals of the Queensland Housing and Construction Awards. 
Chelsea completed her plumbing apprenticeship in March 2018 with Golden West Apprenticeships and was hosted to Maranoa Regional Council.  Golden West Apprenticeships Chief Executive Officer Camille Johnson lauded Chelsea’s win: 
“We are very proud of Chelsea’s achievement and her recognition as Apprentice of the Year at the regional finals of the Queensland Master Builder Awards.
“As a young female in a non-traditional role, Chelsea is challenging attitudes about gender roles in our community.

“Chelsea is an inspiration, a wonderful role model for anyone seeking a career in the trades and this award is well deserved,” Ms Johnson said.

Maranoa Councillor David Schefe (Portfolio Chair for Utilities) said Chelsea has been a valued member of the council’s plumbing team since commencing her apprenticeship in 2014. 

“We are incredibly proud of Chelsea for all of her hard work and dedication in her role here at Council.
“Being recognised in your field is a real pat on the back – we can’t wait to see what she achieves next!” Cr Schefe said.

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