Shelley Howard is now one of the Coast's first female licensed electrical contractors.
Shelley Howard is now one of the Coast's first female licensed electrical contractors. CONTRIBUTED

Shelley a true bright spark

AFTER four difficult years of juggling motherhood and study, Shelley Howard is now one of the Coast's first female licensed electrical contractors.

The mother of two is also an academic bright spark, winning the TAFE regional award for female electrical apprentices.

When Shelley began her apprenticeship, her youngest baby was only two months old.

"Living in Woolgoolga and studying at Grafton in a class of around 20 young men, and then caring for my family, was at times stressful and challenging," Shelley said.

"I've always been a bit of a "fix it" person, having learnt a lot from Dad who runs Coffs Coast Electricians, who has also given me the opportunity and the support and learning materials to get through."

Now she holds an Electrical Contractors Licence, Shelley is looking at putting on her own apprentice to give them the same opportunities she has been given.

Shelley and her family are off to Sydney to receive her TAFE award on Tuesday, August 28.



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