Amanda Woodhams

2018
Runner-up
Victoria

Certificate III in Aboriculture

A passionate advocate for improving and shaping urban ecology, Amanda recently completed a Certificate III in Arboriculture.

Arboriculture requires fearlessness, athleticism, balance, technique and the ability to problem-solve at great heights while operating a chainsaw.

Amanda proudly advocates for hands-on skill building through traineeships because her own experience was so rewarding.

Now she has finished her traineeship, Amanda focuses on creating educational opportunities for other trainees. She teaches eight students with academic learning difficulties from a local high school once a week. The program gives students experience working outdoors, and Amanda encourages them to look at vocational training as a pathway to explore.

Amanda is making her mark in a predominantly male-dominated industry. She credits her trainers, who made sure she was empowered to contribute her skills and point of view in the classroom.