Girls in Trades
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.
- Rosa, Apprentice Carpenter
- Lucy, Apprentice Carpenter
- Flavia, Carpenter and Joiner
- Fi, Painter and Decorator
- Jessica, Apprentice Plumber
- Exploring non-traditional jobs
- Exploring the participation of women and men in trade occupations
- Women in non-traditional trades
- Personal and educational requirements in the trades
- Personal requirements in the trades
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
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.
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.
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
Explore career options, plan career pathways and manage work transitions
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