A future in plumbing, an easy choice
Two female students at Don Bosco Technical Center, Vailoa Fito Farene and Darvinia Atonio have chosen the plumbing trade to pursue for the next two years, they are very optimistic about the trade they have selected.
After a whole year of traveling around the seven trades offered at D.B.T.C., they selected Plumbing for their last two years in the Technical Center. Both girls are very excited about the course they are undertaking as it was the easiest and most suitable trade for them.
"I felt that plumbing is my calling. I chose to plumb because I want to get a job and help my family. My family is not well off so I want to help them in any way I can, if it is through plumbing then I have to work hard in this trade and succeed," says Ms. Farene, from Vailoa Palauli in Savaii.
Ms. Atonio shared the same sentiments but says that she did not really have a preferred trade to join after trying them all out in her first year. She chose to plumb because she saw how easy the job was and it was appealing to her.
"For me, I did not have any trades in mind when I came this year. I saw how easy plumbing was and I thought to myself I would join it. And so I did," says Ms. Atonio.
"Plumbing really is easy, and I believe this is for me. If this what I have to be to help my family then so be it. But what's important is that I really love what I do," she added.
According to the ladies, so far with their trade, they have not yet encountered any problems or difficulties, the boys in their trade are very helpful and handy if ever they need assistance. They are both grateful for the teachers' help as well in guiding them through their learning.
"So far, there are no problems at all. We, being the only girls in the class, are very happy because despite being the only girls, the boys have never looked at us in a different way.
"If ever we were lost on something, they would always offer to help us and guide us through the whole process. Sometimes when they crack jokes during our breaks, they would always say things that are not offensive to us. We appreciate them and we thank them for always treating us like their sisters," Ms. Atonio shared.
The ladies advised any young girls and women who want to become plumbers in the future to go for it and don't hold back.
"Our advice really is that they should attend school and take up Plumbing, it is a very easy course. It also helps in our homes, for instance, if our family has a water problem, we can fix it without paying any money to get another person to fix it. We girls can also do what boys do," says Ms. Atonio.