After helping her Dad with the handy work at home, she knew she liked working with her hands, but didn't begin her carpentry apprenticeship until age 30, because of the stigma surrounding women in the building industry.
"There is a misconception that the construction industry is a harsh and brutal place, but it's not, it's supportive," she said.
"There are a lot of women out there who can do this sort of work and would really enjoy the roles that the construction industry provides."
"Some of the girls I've spoken to say it's been assumed they can't do the same physical work as a guy," she said.
"But I think the doors are beginning to open for women who want to do a trade, it's more flexible for me as a parent now, but it's been a long time coming."
Women make up just 2 per cent of Australia's construction workforce, despite one in 10 jobs in Victoria being in the building industry.
- The State Government will invest $500,000 over three years in the state's first Women in Construction Strategy
- Women make up 2 per cent of Australia's construction workforce, despite one in 10 jobs in Victoria being in the building industry
- The money will be used to connect women candidates with construction roles, provide career counselling, resume services and recruitment training