Hi my name is Bridget Baldwin and I’m here to talk to you briefly about the Sarah Lloyd Scholarship Fund.
I started my journey in the painting and decorating trade when I did a pre-apprenticeship course at the Tafe here in Wagga Wagga which involved carpentry, cabinet making and painting. I found out that I had a knack for painting and decorating and I really loved doing it so after the Tafe course was finished I went and did some work experience with a painting business and from there I ended up getting a job in the industry and I have never looked back. I have had a rather rough start to my apprenticeship experiencing some difficulties as a female apprentice. However I am now on the right path with the right people to be able to finish my apprenticeship and do whatever I want with it after that.
I heard about the scholarship from one of my previous employers who actually seen it on Facebook. They suggested that I entered into the scholarship to see if I could win. I never win anything so when I got the call to say that I had won I was so shocked and surprised and amazed that I was the first ever female tradie to win the scholarship and it truly was an absolute honour to be the first female to ever win and it means the whole world to me.
With the money that I won from the scholarship I was able to do my EWP ticket. EWP stands for elevated work platform so that means that I am now licenced to use and operate scissors lifts, boom lifts and other machinery like that which we sometimes use for the work that we do. I was also able to buy a laptop which I am using as I have enrolled in a business management course online so that in the future I might be able to one day run my own business.
This scholarship has helped me in painting and decorating by showing me that no matter where I am in my life or what anyone else says I can do everything I put my mind to. The scholarship has helped to also further and better my education so that in the future I might even be able to open up my own business.