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Rising star Ebony Antonio

Sep 3, 2018

Programmed’s very own Ebony Antonio has won the 2018 NECA Electrical and Communications Association (EMA) 2nd-year apprenticeship award for her outstanding commitment and work ethic towards the electrical trade.

Starting with the Programmed business just over two years ago, Ebony’s willingness to learn and attention to detail makes her the ideal team member and colleague. Referred to within the business by her peers as one of the most meticulous apprentices on board, taking out the 2018 NECA award solidifies her continuous hard work.

Ebony says working in an office was never her cup of tea, pursuing a trade meant she could move around from project to project.

“What attracted me to taking up a trade was the ability to work outdoors, meet new people and be hands on rather than sitting behind a desk all day,” says Ebony.

Outside of working for Programmed, Ebony is also a key player for the Fremantle Dockers women’s team. No stranger to awards, Ebony won the 2018 AFLW Fairest and Best Award, and was also named in the 2018 AFLW All Australian Squad earlier in the year.

Ebony outlines that Programmed have been very flexible in her journey of becoming an AFLW player as well as creating her pathway outside of this as an electrical apprentice.

Ebony is breaking the mold on and off the field, as a woman in the trades industry she represents change in society and is providing future generations of young girls and women with opportunity and insight to what traditionally is a male-dominated industry.

Ebony tells young girls whatever they dream of to pursue it, to not let anything hold them back because she is living proof that anything is possible.

“I think it’s really important for us to continue to be models for the younger generation, especially for the little girls that look up to women today and aspire to be like them,” says Ebony.

Programmed is committed to the pursuit of gender equity in pay and jobs. As a business we’re recruiting the best people into our team as we know that a diverse team makes better decisions. To learn more about how our business inspiring change visit

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