MOST young women in the Solomon Islands don’t have the opportunity to further their education once they got married. The chances to find work and education depends on the decision of the their spouses.
Ileen Samo from Malaita province is one lucky woman despite being married. Her talent convinced her husband to allow her to undertake a six months of technical training under the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating program at the Australian Pacific Technical College (APTC).
Speaking to Solomon Women Newspaper after receiving her certificate after the graduation ceremony held at Heritage Park Hotel, Mrs Samo said she is very happy that she had come to reach this far.
“I haven’t gone through painting experience before but this program helped me gain knowledge in doing wallpaper paintings and decorating.
“Yes for sure, I am learning some things I never thought I could do. Painting and Decorating is a great course. It involves more fun and creativity with practical hands.”
Ileen’s husband is a licensed building contractor. She hoped to help her husband with her new set of knowledge and skills obtained from her technical trainings.
“I noticed that most of the people employed by my husband are not qualified in painting trades, therefore, I decided take up the training opportunity to help his business with the trades in painting and decorating.
“Painting trades involves paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures. My certificate could enable me to paint and decorate for residential and commercial construction,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ileen encouraged other women and girls in the country to tryout the painting and decorating trades.
“Painting and Decorating is a very interesting trade which you can learn a lot of different technique and style of painting and decorating in residential and commercial setting.”