Hello, my name is Kasey Burton.
I am currently undertaking an apprenticeship at Sunwest Constructions Pty Ltd in Armidale. Sunwest is a commercial building company operating in the north-west region of New South Wales and south-west Queensland. I am in the first year of my carpentry apprenticeship at Armidale TAFE.
My introduction to the building industry started early, as I spent many weekends in my younger years helping my parents building numerous family homes over the years, so I was no stranger to building and construction. I originally completed my Certificate III in Retail Management, working full time and toying with the idea of working in the trade industry. My eldest brother commenced his carpentry apprenticeship last year. Six months later I decided this was something I really wanted to do as well. It has come with challenges, working in a male-dominated trade, but I have found everyone encouraging and supportive.
I am grateful to be given the opportunity to further my career with help from the Sarah Lloyd Scholarship Fund.