We’d like to introduce 2nd year apprentice, Genieva Martin.
How did you get become interested in becoming an apprentice?
I was a senior in high school, and college did not appeal to me. I would work with her father who was a carpenter. I really enjoyed metalworking in high school and was introduced to the apprenticeship by a family friend.
What is your favorite class?
Drawing Class. It was the first thing we explored besides basic math. I also enjoyed Print Interpretation.
Why did UA Local 520 Training Center appeal to you?
I really like the construction aspect. Every day, you can physically see the project come together and you feel like you’re accomplishing something. You get that “Look, I made that” feeling. I also enjoy working with my hands and how each day is different, it’s never the same.
Favorite union benefit.
Retirement plans. With the penios and annuity, you feel a good sense of security.
What is it like being a woman working in the trades?
Everyone is hesitant at first. I work to prove myself every time I go somewhere. You have to build trust by always trying to live up to what is expected of you. I am medium sized, so I use my brain a lot. I like to run things through my head. Anticipate what’s next. What’s our next move.
What advice would you give another woman who is interested in becoming an apprentice?
It’s not going to be easy, there are going to be hard days. You might not always know what you’re doing, but try, ask questions, and show up every day. There is nothing to be afraid of.
Anything else you’d like to say about being an apprentice?
You’re not born with this knowledge. That goes for everything. You’re going to be green, but you’ll learn.