Joining the Furniture Making business


At just 19, Tammy Camilleri has almost completed her Certificate II in Furniture Making (MSF20313) at GOTAFE’s Seymour Campus.

Tammy completed highschool in 2015 at Whittlesea Secondary College in Northern Melbourne then commenced Furniture Design at RMIT University.  After six months, Tammy learned that the university course wasn’t designed for school leavers and decided to make the change to vocational education.  A friend suggested the GOTAFE Furniture Design course at the Seymour campus and Tammy took the opportunity to enrol in late 2016.

Living between Glenroy in Melbourne and Clonbinane, Tammy commutes to Seymour several times a week to finish off her course, which she describes “as a perfect fit for her.”

So far to date Tammy has completed an ornate chopping block, coffee table, blanket box, side table and a hallway table and has plenty of ideas for future projects to complete. She has also been asked on numerous occasions to make furniture for friends and family, however the lack of access to a workshop has limited the completion of these additional projects.

“I’m currently looking for an apprenticeship.  There appears to be many in cabinet making, but furniture making is what I want to do,” said Tammy.  Her father was a cabinet maker for more than 25 years, mainly with white box and kitchens, however had a real talent for solid timber so he completed special jobs. He always made things at home and Tammy would join in to help which helped her find her passion with furniture making.

Tammy has loved the course and Rob Freeman her teacher, has been incredibly supportive and allowed Tammy to be more creative with projects than the outlined design. “Tammy has been a wonderful student and very creative, she asks to make tweaks to traditional design and creates beautiful and interesting furniture with meticulous care,” said Rob.

Tammy is currently looking for an apprenticeship and would love to see more women in the industry.

Looking to start a career in Furniture Making? Why not enrol in this entry-level certificate to get you started just like Tammy.  Mid year enrolments are now open.

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