Wednesday 31st August 2022: Yenda

Amy CaldwellZone Substation Electrical TechnicianElectricalEssential Energy
Amy is a Zone Substation technician for Essential Energy. She completed her electrical trade in 2021 and is now studying an Advance Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering to further her career. Since joining Essential Energy 5 years ago, she has been passionate about supporting women in field-based roles like herself and has worked hard to fight for improved working conditions for women within her industry. 
Jennifer PerkinsA/Director Infrastructure, Energy & ConstructionElectricalTAFE NSW
Senior organisational leader with strong industrial management skills.  Jennifer is currently the Director Construction and Energy with TAFE NSW.  She is committed to excellence in vocational education and providing lifelong learning to learners. 
Jennifer has extensive experience working within a Registered Training Organisation as well as large scale manufacturing and is a licensed electrician with significant experience in the trade in industrial environments.
Her career started as an apprentice electrician in the newspaper industry, later moving into food manufacturing as an electrical technician then evolving into manufacturing leadership roles. After working in the manufacturing environment for around 15 years she decided it was time to share her acquired knowledge and skills, so she commenced working for TAFE NSW as a teacher of Electrical Trades, this provided her with the opportunity to share her technical skills with apprentices.
Jennifer is proud to work for an organisation that makes an impact to and influences the careers of so many people.
Karina KileyPowerline WorkerPowerlineEssential Energy
Karina has been a Powerline worker for the last 6 years, completing her trade with Essential Energy. The role is very male dominated. Karina decided to change careers at 30 years old with 3 children and started her apprenticeship then. Karina is passionate about helping get women into trades. It’s never too late to try something new. 
Kailee StandenApprentice Lead | DeliveryElectricalTransgrid
Kailee began as an Electrical Apprentice with Transgrid based in Newcastle in 2014 and completed her apprenticeship with them in 2016. She was retained at Transgrid as a Tradesperson Substation Technician for 2 years, before moving on to become a works scheduler for their Skilled Secondary Systems and Telecommunications Technicians across NSW.
She then progressed into leadership positions within the business – firstly as a Resource Leader, leading a team of 20 Transmission Lines, Cables and Power Workers and our Secondary Systems, Telecommunications Technicians all based in Sydney. More recently, she is currently managing Transgrid’s 34 Female and Male Apprentices, ensuring that they get the appropriate support and development that they require to progress through their apprenticeships and become the best Tradespersons that they can be.
Kailee has completed the Certificate 3 in Electrotechnology, Advanced Diploma of Business, Advanced Diploma of Management, Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management and is currently studying the Certificate 4 of Training and Assessing.
Tara KootOrganiserElectricalElectrical Trades Union (ETU)
Tara is an organiser with the Electrical Trades Union NSW/ACT Branch and looks after Transport and Apprentices. She spent 9 years working for Ausgrid (Sydney based electricity distributor) where she completed her electrical trade. She is passionate about encouraging women into trades and works hard to fight to improve conditions for women in the electrical industry. 

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