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Growing up Stephanie Peters was a conscientious student who was encouraged to pursue a university pathway in the hope of finding her dream job and building a lifelong career.

Peters went on to study both arts and law subjects at university and even tried her hand at working in an office. But she wasn’t satisfied until she discovered a career in refrigeration and air conditioning.

“In high school it was really drilled into us that university was the only pathway and because of that I didn’t really know what I wanted to,” Peter said.

Peter’s father is a trade qualified boiler maker and her two brothers both completed apprenticeships. It seems only natural that Peters would be a NextGen nominee.

“I thought that a trade might be something that I should look at. It had all the things I wanted; paid study, being outside and the ability to move around. I thought it would be a very different work environment,” Peters said.

“I needed a trade that had heaps of different aspects and air conditioning and refrigeration has all of these things, so I took a shot and have loved it ever since.”

Peters landed a job as the first female apprentice at the Brisbane-based branch of Broadcast Services Australia (BSA).

BSA HVAC manager for South East Queensland, Tim Edwards, said Peters has excelled in all aspect of her apprenticeship.

“The team at BSA look forward to seeing her continue to kick goals throughout her apprenticeship and grow into the exceptional tradesperson we all know she will become,” Edwards said.

 

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