Department of Family and Community Services

Girls in Trades

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Resources for career advisers, parents and students

Women NSW and the Department of Education and Communities have developed new classroom resources to assist high school girls into non-traditional trades.

Non-traditional trades are those where women represent less than 25% of apprentices or workers.

The Girls in Trades initiative recognises that high school is a time when students begin to seek advice on further study and career opportunities.

The advantages of a career in the trades can include independence, earning a generous income, flexible working arrangements and enhanced career opportunities.

Careers advisers, teachers, parents and students can now view and download the Girls in Trades resources, including an information sheet, tradeswomen profiles, video footage, posters and lesson plans for the classroom.

Information on Girls in Trades

Tradeswomen Profiles

  • Rosa, Apprentice Carpenter
  • Lucy, Apprentice Carpenter
  • Flavia, Carpenter and Joiner
  • Fi, Painter and Decorator
  • Jessica, Apprentice Plumber

Lesson Plans

  1. Exploring non-traditional jobs
  2. Exploring the participation of women and men in trade occupations
  3. Women in non-traditional trades
  4. Personal and educational requirements in the trades
  5. Personal requirements in the trades

Attachment: 'Why Increase the Participation of Women in Non-Traditional Trades?' and 'Gender segregation in trade occupations in 2011'

Video profiles

Former Minister for Women's message

Lauren - Horticulturalist

Victoria - Master Painter

Jennifer - Automotive TVET

Vanessa - Automotive TVET

Amy - Butcher

Amanda - Boilermaker

Girls with Spark - Electrical Trades

Careers Advisers talk Girls in Trades


Useful Links

Women and Girls in Trades

Women in Trades / Girls in Trades – Women NSW
Information on the NSW Government’s commitment to increasing the number of women in trades, and links to useful resources

SkillsOne – Women in Trades Video Channel
Video footage of female tradespeople speaking about their careers

Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT)
A support network for women and girls working in and interested in trades. Includes information on how to get an apprenticeship.

Trade Industries

ALINK – Building and construction apprenticeships in NSW
Information on apprenticeships in the building and construction industry

Construct My Career – Careers in Building and Construction
Information on careers in building and construction

Make It! – Careers in Manufacturing
Information on careers and apprenticeships in the manufacturing industry

Energy Skills Australia – Careers in Energy
Information on careers and apprenticeships in the electricity generation, electricity supply, electrotechnology and gas supply

H2Oz – Careers in WaterInformation on trade careers in the water industry

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Vocational Education in Schools
Information on School to Work, VET in Schools courses, Trade Schools, Trade Training Centres, Industry Training Centres, Workplace Learning, and School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW
Information about Trade Schools and School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW

TAFE delivered HSC VET (TVET)
Information about TAFE delivered HSC VET Courses (TVET) which senior secondary school students may study at a TAFE NSW institute while completing their HSC at school.

Australian Apprenticeships
Information on Australian Apprenticeships  - Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

Australian Apprenticeships Centres
Australian Apprenticeships Centres provide one-stop shops for those seeking to hire Australian Apprentices or to take up an Australian Apprenticeship as a career path.  Search here to find the Australian Apprenticeships Centre in your region.

For all information about TAFE NSW and available courses.

Career research and job search websites

My Future
Explore career options, plan career pathways and manage work transitions

Job Guide
Contains information for young people making their first career decisions, and for all those thinking about study, employment options and career changes