Business gets women into mining
WHEN Calliope woman Tash Fee was one of three finalists in her category at the Mining Industry Skills Centre Training Awards, she looked at the other two and wondered if she was slightly out of place.
The other two finalists were Rio Tinto and Xstrata - colossal players in the industry compared with Ms Fee's two-year-old training company, TNT Training Solutions.
It turned out she has nothing to worry about.
The business owner, to her great delight, beat the big boys.
She won the prestigious Individual Award for Excellence in Training and was also recognised for advocating for women in mining.
TNT Training Solutions provides training in everything from working at heights and confined spaces to fire training and a range of other skills.
Originally a motor mechanic, Ms Fee started working as a fitter in the mines.
When the global financial crisis hit, she found herself out of a job and, suddenly, looking for a new opportunity.
In a remarkable show of courage, she leapt into her first business venture.
"I had never intended starting my own business," she said.
It was a bold move, but it paid off.
She now provides training from Darwin to Tasmania and the business has been more successful than she ever dreamed.
One of Ms Fee's ambitions is to help women find their way in the mining industry.
She is holding a free Nationally Accredited training course from October 17-21.
Ms Fee said the course would be an opportunity for women to enhance their qualifications within the mining and construction industries.
"When I was the only girl on the crew (out in the mines) I was always the last one to be asked to go for training," she said.
"I can't single-handedly change that, but I can do this."
For more information about the free course to be held in Gladstone, go to www.tnttrainingsolutions.com.au.