Department of Family and Community Services

WHO SAID ONLY BLOKES CAN BE TRADIES?

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11 Apr 2013

Minister for Women Pru Goward will today meet with careers advisers from across NSW to provide new tools to support high school girls into careers in non-traditional occupations.

Ms Goward said Women NSW and the Department of Education and Communities organised the workshop with careers advisers chosen specifically to be Girls in Trades Ambassadors throughout the State.

“The workshop will provide an opportunity for the Ambassadors to hear from successful tradeswomen and industry representatives and learn about the new Girls in Trades resource package,” Ms Goward said.

“The Ambassadors will be armed with resources including lesson plans, tradeswomen profiles and video case studies to support and encourage girls to think about pursuing a career in a non-traditional trade.

“The resource packs will help dispel some of the myths about jobs in non-traditional areas and will equip the advisers with valuable, practical information for use with students, teachers and parents.

“The NSW Government is committed to increasing the number of women and girls entering non-traditional occupations such as electrical and plumbing, and high schools are where it needs to start.

“Women currently make up only 13% of trade apprentices and trainees in NSW.

“Careers advisers are the first point of contact in high schools for students seeking advice on further study and career opportunities. That means they are a key player in informing girls of the possibilities that a non-traditional career can bring about.

“Many non-traditional industries are experiencing growth and skills shortages. For people with these skills, it can often mean good money and the opportunity to set up a small business allowing flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to travel the world.

“With this in mind, we want our Girls in Trades Ambassadors and other careers advisers and teachers in NSW to be prepared with all the information they need to get girls thinking about entering a non-traditional trade,” Ms Goward said.

Information about Girls in Trades is available at www.women.nsw.gov.au