Tradeswomen leading the way

Female apprentices want more women to try their hand in a traditional trade to increase women in the construction sector.
Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the NSW Government is investing in fee-free and low-fee apprenticeships and traineeships to help address industry needs, including Built for Women, a program designed to boost female participation.
“We want to make it easier for women to access the skills they need for a first job, a new job, or a better job,” Mr Henskens said.
“The NSW Government’s infrastructure investment is providing great opportunities for women to pick up the tools and enter a dynamic and rewarding industry.”
Recently released data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research shows that female apprentice and trainee numbers are booming across the state, with a 91 per cent surge in commencements in the year to September 2021.
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the Built for Women program has supported close to 5,000 free training places for women in trade-related work, including construction, manufacturing, engineering, transport and logistics.
“Greater diversity makes our workplaces stronger and a secure and fulfilling future awaits women who choose a career in trades,” Mrs Taylor said.
Shani Staples is studying a Certificate III in Plumbing at TAFE NSW Mount Druitt and is one woman paving the way for more females to break into trade industries.
“The plumbing industry is incredibly rewarding and offers a hands-on environment which is fast-paced and no two days are the same,” Ms Staples said.
“Many people are unaware of the scope of work that a plumbing trade covers, so if a trade is something you’ve ever considered, now is the time to give it a go.”

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