Twenty-year-old Box Hill Institute student Haley Humphries has received a 2020 Clayton Utz Scholarship for Female in Trade. Having just completed a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Prevocational), she aims to start the Certificate III when it's safe to do so depending on COVID-19.
Clayton Utz is one of the leading Australian law firms and a member of the Diversity Council of Australia, which supports the creation of inclusive workplaces. Its Female in Trades Scholarship aims to support female students from disadvantaged backgrounds undertaking or continuing their studies in a trade-related course or the rail industry. It will provide Hayley with $2,500 to support her study and allow her to purchase the tools of her trade, which will make her a better candidate for an employer.
Hayley said, "This scholarship will be beneficial to me as I am an independent 20-year-old trying to support myself and complete my study.”
Before starting her course at Box Hill Institute, Hayley was at university studying a Bachelor of Psychology but decided she wanted to pursue something more physical. She said, "I'm a hands on person who has great attention to detail and I’m interested in electrical work."
Hayley has been supporting herself since aged 14 and while studying her Certificate II, she was working three jobs, however she recently lost all her work as a barista and cleaner due to the COVID-19 restrictions. She is currently applying for an electrical apprenticeship and would like to be an A-Grade electrician, specialising to become an electrical technician in the future.
Hayley's entire focus is her journey to becoming an electrician and the Clayton Utz Scholarship funding means everything to her. She’s also grateful to the support she has received at Box Hill Institute. She said, "Box Hill Institute is supportive to women as they offer courses that have equal opportunities for women to pursue an apprenticeship in any trade."
Hayley's advice to others is never to stop fighting for what you want.
Congratulations Hayley on receiving this scholarship. We wish you all the best on your journey to becoming an A-Grade electrical technician.