Carpentry Builds Confidence

WOMEN’STEC has been a great place for me to develop my confidence and my woodworking skills! I’m Courtney, age 19, and I completed an accredited Carpentry class at WOMEN’STEC.

I love working with wood and prior to the course I had done some joinery already. I really enjoy being creative and working with my hands. I love making things – I find this so rewarding!

The class at WOMEN’STEC was a little different, in that we recycled pallet wood to make our class project. This was something that I really enjoyed learning to do. We took the pallets apart, measured and cut the wood to the size needed for our project. The class also covered safe use of tools, being able to use face and edge marks, using a cordless drill and other equipment. The pallet wood is quite rough, so quite a bit of sanding was needed!

There’s a real sense of achievement making your own piece of furniture! I’m quite shy, and the course helped me come out of my shell in terms of meeting new people and working as part of a team. I often feel anxious going into new environments or new places, but the staff and tutor at WOMEN’STEC were really supportive and helped me feel comfortable.

Not only did I improve my carpentry skills but I developed more confidence. My goal now is to go on to complete a Diploma in Joinery.