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Melbourne, Australia
August 2018

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A new direction for Nicole
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At 31 years, Nicole’s official introduction to life in a trade is somewhat late, but the groundwork was laid years ago when she watched her father hard at work on fencing jobs. Her 15-year career and lifestyle as a hospitality professional couldn’t be more different from her life now. But the decision to switch to a career in plumbing has been a long time coming for Nicole, who is loving her time as an apprentice. She was nervous at first about entering a male-dominated field, but has received nothing but respect, encouragement and support from her peers and mentors. Changing careers and taking on an apprenticeship at this stage in her life has meant Nicole has needed to take a pay cut, and is gratetful to have received a $2,000 Reece Next Gen Grant to support her with the expenses associated with learning a trade. She loves working outdoors and getting stuck into learning.

Nicole Binns

Nicole is a 31-year-old first-year apprentice plumber studying at Melbourne Polytechnic. After many years of consideration, last year she took the plunge and left her job in hospitality to give something new a go, and she hasn’t looked back since. Nicole lives in Melbourne with her partner and two-year-old Rottweiler, Olly. A great lover of the outdoors, she enjoys spending as much time as she can camping and wakeboarding.

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