She’d tag along with her dad who owned a construction company, but what she really loved doing was making things with wood.
Fast forward a decade or so and Sophie has completed her carpentry apprenticeship with VEC Civil Engineering on Tasmania’s north west coast.
Her naturally outgoing personality and ‘can do’ attitude is valued by the business and she’s been given plenty of opportunities to grow as a young leader. And she says she’s not backwards in coming forwards!
“I will 100% always ask questions.”
“Doesn’t matter the topic, even if it is a task that I am familiar with I will always speak up if I’m unsure, and I always actively listen to the answers I’m given," she said.
“If you don't understand something always ask. The most stupid question is the one that you don't ask. That’s what I was taught right from the start of my apprenticeship and I still use that motto today.”
Sophie is now supporting and mentoring aspiring carpenters, guiding them through the challenges of studying and giving them tips on achieving work/life balance.
“I know it can be hard to get a job in a regional centre like Ulverstone and I’m grateful to have been given this opportunity. Now I want to help others find their pathway to a good job."
“The support and training I have received through VEC has given me the confidence to take this on.”
Sophie Russell is a finalist in the 2021 Tasmanian Training Awards in the Apprentice of the Year category.