Need a gift for your wife? Give her an apprenticeship

WORKPLACE ROMANCE: Electrical apprentice Terease Wallace hopes to learn from her husband and now boss Rob.
WORKPLACE ROMANCE: Electrical apprentice Terease Wallace hopes to learn from her husband and now boss Rob. Kirstin Payne

ELECTRICIAN Rob Wallace wanted to add a bit of spark to his marriage, so he gave his wife an apprenticeship.

Recently returned from a six-year fly-in-fly-out stint in Mackay Rob decided he wanted to work a little closer to home and start his own business, Rob Wallace Electrical and Air-Conditioning.

However as every tradie needs an apprentice, Rob had to look no further than his own home to find a perfect life and work partner in wife Terease.

"Being together has always been pretty awesome, I'm pretty lucky," Rob said about his wife of 27 years.

"This wasn't the first time we have worked together either, we used to travel and do all sorts of jobs together so I knew what I was getting into," Terease added.

"Most people go to work to get away from their partners but I can't really do that with mine," she joked.

While the task of electrical apprentice may seem daunting for some women Terease took it in here stride.

"Women are more capable then they think; I've only been in it two weeks but I'm learning," Terease said.

"The lady signing Terease on said in all of her 20 years she has never signed up a mature-aged female to an electrical apprenticeship," Rob said.

Only a few weeks into the business the couple has already received a phenomenal amount of support.

"I used to own Hire a Hubby in town, it's all the same thing, it's about the customer," Rob said.

"You could have all the qualifications in the world but if you don't have the service right you're not being fair to the customer."

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