Live-wire Amber loves role as sparky

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With International Women’s Day approaching, Ashburton apprentice sparky Amber Rose is walking the talk and keen to see more women take on trades jobs.

Growing up with a builder dad, Amber Rose always knew she wanted to work in construction and, after taking part in her school’s Gateway programme with Laser Electrical Ashburton, she opted to become an electrician.

Laser Electrical directors Megan and Brent Christie offered her an apprenticeship this year and have been impressed with “how practical, enthusiastic and switched on she is”.

Mrs Christie said Amber had worked well in the team during her Gateway experience and Laser had been keen to have her back.

She had shown real passion for training in the industrial and commercial areas.

Amber finished school in 2017 and is enjoying her first full-time taste of the workplace.

“You are doing different things everyday, rarely in the same location and meet new people and solving problems – every day is different,” she said.

She is encouraging girls to consider becoming an electrician.

“Don’t let anything stop you.”