Plumbing student prepares to begin career
AMHERST Paige Horton likes to get dirty.
The Nova Scotia Community College student explored many options while studying general arts and science at the school last year, but ultimately decided that the plumbing program was for her. She graduates next month as the lone female in the class of 21 students.
I knew I wanted to work with my hands, and after I get my experience I think theres decent money in it, said Horton. It seems theres always a market for plumbers and, hopefully, female ones too.
Being the only woman in the class was never an issue for her most of the time.
I wont say there werent a couple times when I wished there was another gal around, but Im pretty thick-skinned and have always hung out with guys, she explained. Im pretty outdoorsy and tomboyish, and enjoy learning and working with tools.
After working various jobs in the past, she went back to school as a mature student to better her life and career choice. She is happy with that decision.
The past year has flown by for Horton, who is now in the second week of a five-week work experience term at Eddy Plumbing and Electrical. After graduation she plans to seek an apprenticeship in the Moncton area of New Brunswick.
Taking on students is a win-win situation for both the student and the employer, according to Eddy operations manager Roger Christie, who said it is good to get potential contractors familiar with their equipment in order to bring them on as customers in the future.
Were also seeing a huge decline in contractors, because theyre all going to Calgary and other places, he said. So the more people were getting into trades, the better.