In this show Ash & JW are joined by Kimberley Smyth, Founder and Director of Hey Sista Plumbing. Kimberley shares her journey from a night shift machine operator to Tradie and her fascinating commitment to achieve this dream of being a Plumber. We talk about the early challenges and experiences of being a female apprentice moving into in a male dominated industry. Kimberley also describes her experiences in the juggling of family and career in the ambition in becoming a Tradie.
Kimberley speaks openly about the importance of confidence and how important it is, to support and encourage this confidence for other women dreaming of moving into trades roles within our industry. We explore those challenges Kimberley discovered in starting her own plumbing business “Hey Sista Plumbing” after working with her husbands plumbing business from apprentice through to qualified Plumber.
We talk about the important niche that Kimberley identified in the market and how she has positioned “Hey Sista Plumbing” in meeting this need, particularly with supporting venerable women and providing a service that is aligned to their needs. Kimberley explains how the business name “Hey Sista Plumbing” came about and why it was important to give the right message to the market and is designed to meet the needs of those customers.
Kimberley and “Hey Sista Plumbing” are also award winning in recognition of the unique business model and services that they provide and for the focus on the attraction, training and retention of more women plumbers into the business and industry. Kimberley is also investing back into the Tradie industry with keynote speaking at industry events and extensive school presentations, informing, encouraging and educating young women to consider careers in the Trades as a great option with all of its rewards and opportunities.
After 9 years as a successful Tradie business owner, Kimberley’s passion, enthusiasm and insights are not to be missed and a real inspiration for all Women, Mums and Students to enjoy the experiences that being a Tradie can offer.