Department of Family and Community Services

NSW BOOSTING WOMEN IN NON-TRADITIONALTRADES

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17 Jul 2013

Minister for Women Pru Goward today announced the first round of successful applicants to be awarded funding under the NSW Government’s new Investing In Women funding program.

The Investing in Women funding program aims to increase the economic participation of women in NSW by partnering with TAFE Institutes, local councils, employers, industry bodies and non-government organisations to encourage girls and women to enter non-traditional trades.

Under the first round of funding, 11 organisations have been granted up to $25,000 for projects that increase the economic empowerment of women through non-traditional trades.

“Non-traditional trades offer fantastic opportunities for women. Many non-traditional industries are experiencing growth and skills shortages. Rather than turn to foreign skilled tradespeople, the NSW Government is improving supports for girls and women at home to take up non-traditional trades,” Ms Goward said.

“Through the Investing In Women program, the NSW Government has committed more than $200,000 this year to support training and employment initiatives for women in male-dominated trades.

“The projects funded offer training, work experience, mentoring or useful resources in industries where there is a demand for skilled workers, such as automotive and construction.”

Ms Goward said the funded projects include:

  • a number of new TAFE training courses for women in construction, automotive and painting and decorating
  • a survey of employers in the automotive industry to assist in promoting a workplace culture that supports girls and women
  • a leadership and aspirations camp for young Aboriginal women from Western Sydney, with work experience on construction sites such as Barangaroo
  • a regional tour in which experienced tradeswomen will demonstrate use of tools to schoolgirls and women, and promote tradeswomen to local businesses
  • a work experience week for girls in the glass and glazing trades.

“The projects funded under Investing In Women will support more women to enter trades traditionally dominated by men. It is another way the NSW Government is improving both the economic empowerment of women and the performance of the NSW economy overall,” Ms Goward said.

Submissions for Round 2 funding are now open. Applications close 30 August 2013.

For more information about ‘Investing in Women’, visit: http://www.women.nsw.gov.au/women_and_work/investing_in_women_funding_program.