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TasTAFE painting and decorating apprentice Stephanie Hendey, has been named runner-up Third Year Apprentice of the Year in the Master Painters Association Victoria/Tasmania Awards for Excellence.

Stephanie, who is completing a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating at TasTAFE, was presented with her award by Master Painters Victoria/Tasmania president, Bob De Groot.

Stephanie grew up with a brush in her hand, helping her dad Stephen in his painting business whenever she had the opportunity. She now works for his Launceston-based painting business Dean & Hendey Pty Ltd.

“I moved away for a while and worked in the mines. I had two kids and moved back to Tasmania and now I’ve continued on working with dad.”

Stephen said he was impressed with his daughter’s work.

“She goes very well. Steph has always been happy to have a go at everything and that has continued now she is working for me again. She’s very hands-on,”

As a female in the painting industry Stephanie is in the minority.

“You don’t come across many women at all but I don’t get treated any differently and I don’t treat them any differently. Sometimes when we go to do a job people are a bit surprised but I find a lot of women customers in particular like having a female around,” Stephanie said. Certificate III

The number of women getting into the industry is growing slowly. TasTAFE currently has five female painting and decorating apprentices undertaking training.


Passion for painting pays off for Stephanie